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These Game Shows Aren't Just Fun: They Feature Your Favorite Reality TV Stars
Shows like "Barmageddon" and "The Traitors" aren't the only ones that pit celebrities against each other.
Shows like “Barmageddon” have proven that there’s nothing more fun than seeing your favorite stars compete against each other in games that are both competitive and downright silly. Fortunately, if you’re a reality TV fan, there are a lot of shows that do the same thing.
If you play your cards right, a stint on shows like “Temptation Island” or “Love Island” could be your way into a larger world of reality TV fame. There are now many programs who cast directly from pools of people who have already been on some kind of reality show.
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So, if you’d like to see the second act for some of your favorite reality stars, we’re here to help.
Hosted by the incomparable Alan Cumming, the Peacock original “The Traitors” sees several reality TV contestants from shows like “The Bachelor,” “The Real Housewives Of Beverly Hills,” “Below Deck,” and more join first-time TV competitors at a beautiful castle in Scotland where they compete in a series of missions to raise the prize money pot. All the while, they’re trying to suss out who among them are the titular traitors voting to “murder” the faithful players in the night.
After each murder, the group gets together and votes to banish another player, desperately hoping they’re giving one of the hidden traitors the boot. Will the newbies’ fresh faces prevail or will the reality TV veterans’ skills transfer over to a new game?
"Celebrity Game Face"
Born out of the pandemic quarantine, Kevin Hart hosts this unique game show that takes celebrities from all parts of show business, including reality TV, and has them compete against each other from their homes via video call.
Throughout the show’s three seasons, recognizable reality stars like Kelly and Jack Osbourne, Mike “The Miz” Mizanin, Maryse Ouelette, and the Bella twins have all appeared on the show to bring the laughs while still competing like mad for the big win.
Perhaps the most physically demanding reality TV crossover show, “The Challenge” pits former contestants from shows like “Love Island,” “The Amazing Race,” and “Survivor” against each other in teams of two consisting of one man and one woman.
Throughout the season, they’ll be paired up and compete in an extreme physical challenge with the hopes of adding more prize money to their individual bank accounts. Those who place last will be up for elimination, where they’ll have to undergo yet another intense challenge for a chance at sticking around. However, they’ll have to compete against a team hand-selected by the latest challenge’s winners, which means the deck can often be stacked against them.
Whoever loses the elimination will see their bank total drained and put right into the wallets of the people who beat them. It's a game of high highs and incredibly low lows for some of the most memorable reality TV stars in recent years.
"Ex On The Beach"
A lot of people go on reality TV to find love. However, whether it happens on the show or off, this kind of matchmaking can lead to a lot of heartbreak as well. When that happens, closure is needed both for the couples and the audience who watched them fall for each other in the first place.
So, it only makes sense for cameras to be rolling in a picturesque beachfront paradise when they meet once again and hash everything out. “Ex On The Beach” features a slew of reality TV couples with, let’s say, unfinished business. They think they’re going on one kind of show only to have their ex suddenly arrive demanding to know what, if anything, is still between them. All this is made even more difficult by the many sexy, lovelorn reality stars there to make a connection as well.
At all times, they risk being eliminated by their other cast members, so it’s a popularity contest for people who are already facing an uphill battle in that regard thanks to the presence of their former flames.
Netflix is taking a page out of the reality TV crossover book with the upcoming series “Perfect Match,” which takes contestants from some of its other reality properties like “Too Hot To Handle,” “Love Is Blind,” and “The Circle” and sees what will happen if the most painfully single among them can all get in one place with drinks, a pool, and plenty of coupling up possibilities.
What separates this from other reality dating shows is the fact that the most compatible couples who pair up will then get to decide which couples stay together and which will have to explore chemistry with someone else.
Tune into “Barmageddon” on USA Network and watch other reality TV content on Peacock right now.
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