Gigolos, Polyamory returning to Showtime, but Real L Word becoming a documentary

Showtime’s sexual reality series Gigolos and Polyamory have been renewed for a fourth and second season, respectively, but The Real L Word won’t be back in its current form after three seasons. Instead, it’ll become “a stand-alone documentary” about lesbians in places other than New York or Los Angeles.

Showtime President David Nevins told TV critics Saturday that Gigolos, which follows male prostitutes–I mean, escorts–in Las Vegas, “is the cornerstone of our late-night franchise.” And he later told critics off-stage that The Real L Word “is an important franchise,” but said it will change again:

“I want to change up the show and probably not continue it in exactly the same form. I’ve been talking a lot with [executive producers Dan [Cutforth] and Jane [Lipsitz] and Ilene about exploring sort of L Word culture, lesbian culture in places outside of New York and L.A., places where the subculture is not so defined and it’s maybe not so easy. And I think we’ll do a Real L Word documentary. We did the scripted show, did an ensemble reality show, and now it’s probably going to become a stand-alone documentary this year. But I think it’s an important franchise for us. It could be one-part, be two parts, they’re diving in doing research right now.”

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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