Bravo’s shows mocked by SNL; Top Chef’s product placement mocked by The Onion

Top Chef‘s increasing product placement has become the subject of satire in The Onion, while SNL parodied Bravo’s Real Housewives-style shows and their spin-offs.

The best part of The Onion’s video, below, is the cleverly edited Top Chef footage, which makes it both farcical and satirical. Yet it’s not that far off from reality despite being kind of crazy: the show really does have product placement-heavy challenges like this. However, the teaser that precedes the episode recap may be the most brutal and incisive satire in the clip.

Meanwhile, SNL last night parodied Bravo’s increasingly insane focus on docudramas that have spun off of other docudramas, or on people who know one knows or cares about (see Silicon Valley for one such example). The bit starts a little flat and predictable but really ramps up, and does an outstanding job of parodying Bravo’s promos.

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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