There has been a really notable shift in the presentation.
The introduction for the first couple of minutes of the first episode caught me immediately. After years of them all blending one into another, and sensationalist 'look at what crazy thing happens in the house' clips, all of a sudden there is Chael and Bones speaking intelligently and eloquently about the sport and the unique challenges of being in the house and fighting numerous times in such a short period of time.
Instantly, my interest was caught and I thought, wow, they might finally be doing a mature, fight and training focussed version of the show.
Then they bring in the family and allow you to identify with each fighters story by their relationships and history rather than stupid pranks and drunk shennanigans. Another tick in the win column.
None of that would have mattered if the next couple of episodes were nothing but trashing of the house, shit talk and boring fights.
Instead we get Chael and Bones speaking respectfully to each other, great coaching footage, including Chael's excellent speach to Uriah, and guys handling themselves with class and dignity, epsecially in the ring after that last fight. More positives racking up.
Then to top it all off, we have been blessed with some amazing fights, including a historic KO.
I, like many others had certainly tired of the TUF series. The start to this season has really won me back.
I really hope it continues in this same fashion all season.