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Reality Roundup: Game Show in My Head, True Beauty, 13

American Idol's still the biggest thing on TV, but it's not the only reality show hitting the airwaves in January. Lots of new reality shows are starting up next month, and here, I've got previews for three of the biggies.

Ashton Kutcher is behind two of these shows, ABC's True Beauty and CBS's Game Show in my Head. For True Beauty, which premieres Jan. 5, Kutcher has teamed up with Tyra Banks for a show that's attempting to find the person out of 10 gorgeous contestants (models, pageant queens, and the like) who's the most beautiful both inside and out. The twist: The contestants don't know the "inner beauty" part of the game, which will be judged from secret footage by Vanessa Minnillo, Cheryl Tiegs, and Nole Marin. That show premieres Jan. 5.

To hear about the other two shows and see clips of all three, just


Game Show is more classic Kutcher in the Punk'd/Wedding Crashers style: Contestants are sent out into the world wearing an earpiece and told to perform ridiculous actions (wear only underwear and get people to give you their clothes; act like you're a hospital patient who just escaped) for the chance to win cash. Its first two episodes air Jan. 2.

And then there's 13: Fear is Real, a horror movie-style reality show from director Sam Raimi. The 13 contestants will be shipped off to a spooky forest where they'll be pitted against each other in challenges straight from horror movies; the weakest links will "die" until only one person remains (I have to assume no actual death is involved). Its visual style is vaguely Blair Witch Project, and I'm amused by the fact that the winner gets $66,666. That one premieres Jan. 7.

Below, I've got clips of all three shows, and I'm curious to know if any of them strike your fancy. Check them out and let me know.

Photos courtesy of CBS and The CW and copyright 2008 ABC, Inc.

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cikayelle cikayelle 8 years
I just saw the first episode of 13. What a let down. Even for someone who (trust me) is freaked out by the smallest things (the Scary Movie parody series scares me), this doesn't even offer any kind of cheap thrills. I might have enjoyed it, scare factor regardless, but the "plot" just seems so scripted (the death box -- you've got to be kidding me, I was cracking up), the contestants seemed like extras in a horror movie, paid to scream and cry even when there's nothing relatively scary (leah...), and ultimately, the whole concept is failed. There just not much to invest yourself into when it's all too easy to remember how fake this is -- the cameraman's bright light, the buried-alive scene that could have only required extensive legal papers to be signed... To be honest, I actually kind of like this, as it's probably the only "horror" film/show I can handle.
Linda-McP Linda-McP 8 years
Game Show could have some potential. I'll definitely pass on 13.
Dana18 Dana18 8 years
Game Show sound like it will be funny. I can't wait to see if people will help the contestants. 13: Free is real looks very staged. I hope they can really scare people.
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