Fox Reality Debuts

Fox Reality is a reality, having launched Tuesday on DirecTV Inc.

The network bowed on the direct-broadcast satellite leader’s channel 250, available to some 14.4 million households, as well as around 600,000 homes served by Insight Communications Co. Inc., according to a network spokesman.

Fox Reality -- which also has distribution agreements with EchoStar Communications Corp.’s Dish Network, Cox Communications Inc. and Adelphia Communications Corp. -- is expected to roll on to those carriers over the next couple of months, according to the spokesman.

The network is proffering such U.S. genre shows as Joe Millionaire, Last Comic Standing, The Swan and Extreme Dating, augmented by outtakes, interviews and never-before-seen footage.

Fox Reality is also importing international versions of Temptation Island and introducing American audience to such series Great Britain's The Villa.