Without reality TV, pop culture (and Instagram sponcon) just wouldn't be the same. Reality TV brought us gems like 90 Day Fiancé and the Real Housewives franchise. Where would Natasha Bedingfield's song "Unwritten" be without MTV's The Hills? How would we know if love is really blind without Netflix's Love Is Blind? (Okay, realty TV has also brought us show after show of stilted, scripted conversation and some unabashedly awful reality concepts, but that's a conversation for another day.) To love entertainment is to adore reality TV. There's something about coming home after a long day to lose yourself, wholeheartedly, in the drama of others. It's therapeutic. Whether it's a cooking show featuring tiny children or a fashion show in a country far away, reality TV lets us mentally check out for a while. And 2020 is a banner year for reality TV, thanks to innovative new shows like Family Karma and Flirty Dancing, Tim Gunn and Heidi Klum's Making the Cut, and the returns of old favorites like Extreme Makeover and Naked and Afraid. No matter what happens this year, you can rely on these shows for some top-notch binge-watching.
Spending three weeks naked and alone with a stranger on an island already sounds like something we don't want to do...but the idea of braving it alone is somehow worse. The Discovery channel is bringing back the survival show with a twist: they’ll be seasoned veterans of the show, but they’ll be 100 percent alone. We’ll miss watching people suffer together, but this sounds even crazier.
Kick off the best time of the year, a.k.a. Girl Scout cookie selling season, by watching bakers turn Thin Mints into something even better. The host of this cooking show is none other than Alyson Hannigan from How I Met Your Mother. As for the prize, we’re talking a year supply of Girl Scouts cookies...and the trip of a lifetime.