A Look Back: The 2009 Reality TV Year In Review - January 2009
By Christopher Rocchio, 12/18/2009
With 2009 drawing to a close, it's time to take a look back at the year that was. The following is Reality TV World's 2009 Reality TV Year In Review, a 12-part, month-by-month review of some of the past year's reality TV headlines, highlights, lowlights, and milestones.
Today we begin our 12-day countdown with the first installment: January 2009.
- The Bachelor star Jason Mesnick begins his search for love by eliminating his first 10 bachelorettes during the ABC reality dating series' thirteenth-season premiere. ABC also reveals that former The Bachelorette star DeAnna Pappas -- who rejected Mesnick during the show's fourth-season finale last year -- will make an appearance during his The Bachelor journey, and she promises it "will be worth the wait."
- Deal or No Deal host Howie Mandel is hospitalized for an irregular heartbeat while filming his new hidden camera show Howie Do It. He is subsequently released, returns to work, and claims to be fine.
Premieres:Underdog to Wonderdog (1/3); Superstars of Dance (1/4); Rock of Love Bus With Bret Michaels (1/4); Ultimate Recipe Showdown, Season 2 (1/4); Confessions of a Teen Idol (1/4); The Bachelor, Season 13 (1/5); True Beauty (1/5); DietTribe (1/5); Homeland Security USA (1/6); The Biggest Loser: Couples, Season 2 (1/6); Dirty Jobs, Season 5 (1/6); The Real World: Brooklyn (1/7); 13: Fear is Real (1/7); The Exterminators (1/7); Howie Do It (1/9); Man vs. Wild, Season 3 (1/12); American Idol, Season 8 (1/13); Chopped (1/13); Tool Academy (1/11); Randy Jackson Presents America's Best Dance Crew, Season 3 (1/15); Sober House (1/15); Treasure Quest (1/15); Will Work for Food (1/19); I Love Money, Season 2 (1/26); Hell's Kitchen, Season 5 (1/29); Toughest Cowboy (1/29).