Diving with the Stars coming to ABC, reality TV makes us smart, Pawn Stars UK

  • SyFy has renewed Face Off, which is a pretty strong competition series now airing its third season Tuesday nights; director Bryan Singer will be among those who guest star next season.
  • People keep sending this to me, so here’s an argument in Wired that reality TV makes us smarter because of the way it helps us learn about other people. I agree, of course, but the argument seems a little underdeveloped and, to be blunt, he totally lost me in paragraph two when he write, “Reality TV may even be the next stage in the evolution of television.” May be? Uh, we’re there, and have been for the better part of 12 years.
  • History Channel’s Pawn Stars is heading to the UK–or at least, the format is, as a UK-specific version of the show will be produced. Pawn Stars UK will have eight episodes and “will be uniquely adapted for an international audience,” producers said.
  • Discovery is giving $100,000 to one lucky Gold Rush season premiere (Oct. 26) viewer.
  • ABC has ordered a series which is basically Diving with the Stars, though it’s called Celebrity Splash. I’d guess this will go the way of Skating with the Stars, but it’s all about the casting, of course. It’s based on a show of the same name from the Netherlands; a trailer/pitch reel is below, and it’s worth a watch for the spectacular belly flops.
  • Surprisingly, man not eaten alive on Eaten Alive

    Eaten Alive

    Discovery Channel’s happy family holiday special Eaten Alive aired Sunday, rewarding viewers for their two full hours of viewing by ensuring that they spent quality time in the company of others instead of wasting that time doing something else that might not have been as satisfying, such as buying things that have labels which accurately reflect their contents.


    Winter 2015 reality TV debut schedule

    winter 2015 reality TV schedule

    Mark your calendars with all these upcoming reality TV show debuts, including Celebrity Apprentice, The Bachelor, and another season of MasterChef Junior, all of which kick off in early January.

    There are also 20+ shows debuting in December--including the one-off return of The Sing Off. No winter break for reality TV.

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