homeowners who protect items won’t be picked for Trading Spaces.

homeowners who protect items won’t be picked for Trading Spaces.
Trading Spaces now receives 500 applications every single day from homeowners wanting to be on the show, up from 50 a day two years ago. That allows the show to be selective when picking homeowners; a very brief excerpt from TV Guide’s cover story on the show reveals that homeowners who want to protect items in their room won’t be selected. Executive producer Denise Cramsey tells the magazine that if you don’t want the designers to touch an item in your room, “Well, then you’re out. The point [of the show] is to trust your neighbors to fight for you. We need that suspense and drama.” Earlier stories about the show often mentioned that items could be protected in the contract, thus leaving only the homeowner to blame if something precious was ruined. Adios, ceiling fan.

Surprisingly, man not eaten alive on Eaten Alive

Eaten Alive

Discovery Channel’s happy family holiday special Eaten Alive aired Sunday, rewarding viewers for their two full hours of viewing by ensuring that they spent quality time in the company of others instead of wasting that time doing something else that might not have been as satisfying, such as buying things that have labels which accurately reflect their contents.

Winter 2015 reality TV debut schedule

winter 2015 reality TV schedule

Mark your calendars with all these upcoming reality TV show debuts, including Celebrity Apprentice, The Bachelor, and another season of MasterChef Junior, all of which kick off in early January.

There are also 20+ shows debuting in December--including the one-off return of The Sing Off. No winter break for reality TV.

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