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The reality TV craze that began as a fad now has evolved into an obsession. The American public is hooked. About 45 percent of Americans watch reality TV programs, according to a poll by PollingPoint. Of those, 27 percent consider themselves die-hard fans, watching as many episodes as possible. And it’s not just teenagers – reality TV manages to grab the attention of adult demographics as well, with almost every age category watching 30 percent more reality TV than a year ago. Why do Americans find these shows so addictive? Because they manage to reinvent themselves every season, some poll masters say. Here’s a sample of some reality TV shows for this fall.

Show: “I Pity the Fool!”Premiere: 8 p.m. ET Wednesday, Oct. 11 on TVLandMr. T tries out reality TV, traveling across the country and acting as a tougher, more blunt version of Dr. Phil. He’ll be doling out advice to fools everywhere from fans to viewers at home – expect some tough love.Source: http://television.aol.com/feature/fall_tv/cable-premieres

Show: “Million Dollar Listing”Premiere: 9 p.m. ET Tuesday, Aug. 29 on BravoThis six-episode series revolves around the competitive real-estate market in California. See how the high-pressure market works firsthand.Source: http://television.aol.com/feature/fall_tv/cable-premieres

Show: “Dancing With the Stars 3″Premiere: 8 p.m. ET Tuesday, Sept. 12 on ABCThis season promises much of the same as last season, but with a whole crop of new stars including Jerry Springer, Vivica A. Fox, Joey Lawrence, Sara Evans, Willa Ford and many more.Source: http://realitytv.about.com/od/realitytvnewsgossip/ss/fallo6premieres.htm

Show: “Duets”Premiere: 8 p.m. ET Thursday, Aug. 31 on FOXSimon Cowell’s latest creation pairs professional singers with celebrities not known for their singing talent. There’s no word yet on definite celebrity guests. Source: http://realitytv.about.com/od/realitytvnewsgossip/ss/fallo6premieres.htm

Show: “Laguna Beach Season 3″Premiere: 9 p.m. ET Wednesday Aug. 16 on MTVThis season MTV introduces an entirely new and younger set of privileged youths who party, gossip and shop their way through life. Look out for a few cameos from the older Laguna crowd.Source: http://mtv.com

Show: “The Bachelor: Rome”Premiere: 9 p.m. ET Monday, Oct. 2 on ABCWatch as Prince Lorenzo Borghese, a 34-year-old cosmetics entrepreneur, wines and dines 25 American women in the hopes of finding his own princess. Source: http://realitytv.about.com/od/realitytvnewsgossip/ss/fallo6premieres.htm

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