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Reality or satire?




“Reality Bites Back” is a reality show.

No, “Reality Bites Back” is a satire.

You’re both right! Comedy Central presents its first unscripted competition series, with 10 comedians vying for supremacy in parodies of some of TV’s most popular reality shows.

Among the spoofed are “American Idol,” “Survivor,” “The Amazing Race,” “The Biggest Loser” and “So You Think You Can Dance” (re-imagined here as “So You Think You Can Dive,” with contenders getting 24 hours to become Olympicsworthy champs).

Premiering Thursday at 10:30 p.m. with Michael Ian Black as host, “Reality Bites Back” airs after the revival of “The Gong Show,” which features offbeat acts evaluated by celebrity judges. Premiering at 10 p.m., “The Gong Show” is hosted by Dave Attell. (AP)


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