Watch Utopia’s trailer: Paradise Hotel + Big Brother + Truman Show

On Monday at its upfront presentation, Fox unveiled the trailer for its new “social experiment” reality series, which will air this fall two nights a week: on Tuesdays at 8 p.m. and Fridays at 9 p.m., where it will compete directly against Shark Tank.

The trailer doesn’t contain any footage from the show that will air this fall because it is still casting. I confirmed that with a Fox representative, who noted that some of its footage comes from the Netherlands’ version.

While the description sounded like Survivor meets Big Brother with some Kid Nation thrown in, the trailer makes it seem like it will be more like Paradise Hotel (and/or Forever Eden, the show that was supposed to air indefinitely but lasted just seven episodes). The presentation also reminds me a lot of the The Truman Show’s opening sequence–that is, of the show-within-the-movie, not the movie itself, where the announcer says, “coming to you now from the largest studio ever constructed!”

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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