Reality television has come a long way since the first (and, for years, only) season of The Comeback savagely satirized the genre in 2005. The Season 2 premiere, which aired Nov. 9, is about playing catch-up with Valerie Cherish (Lisa Kudrow), but also with the type of series The Comeback mocks. For those who aren't as up on real reality shows, here's a guide to all the references in the first episode that you might have missed.
The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills
The Real Housewives of New York City
"Well, reality TV has had quite the evolution," Valerie explains. Reflecting back on her own 2005 reality show, she says, "Back then it was just me and people eating bugs on Survivor." Survivor debuted in 2000, and while the show has featured contestants gnawing on insects, there's a lot more to it than that. Survivor will air its 30th season in 2015.
The People's Couch
After mentioning that there are reality shows about dancers (So You Think You Can Dance), duck hunters (Duck Dynasty), and designers (Project Runway), Val adds, "Just the other night, I saw a show where it was just real people sitting on a couch, watching a show, and I thought, Well it’s official, they’ve run out of ideas.” That would be The People's Couch, which currently airs on Bravo.