Restaurant opens despite liquor license, name problems; show debuts in July.

Restaurant opens despite liquor license, name problems; show debuts in July.
Mark Burnett’s other summer reality show, The Restaurant, won’t debut until July 20 at 10 p.m. on NBC, but the restaurant opened this week in New York. Called Rocco’s, the restaurant has received a cease-and-desist request from a Greenwich Village restaurant called Rocco Ristoante, which says the new restaurant’s name “infringes on the Rocco trademark,” according to Additionally, he restaurant opened with a temporary catering permits rather than a liquor license because of a problem with the application. The New York Post reports that New York’s SLA gave the show the temporary catering license “because we thought that the positive residual effects [of the show] would hopefully foster some economic growth for a food industry that is hurt badly in lower Manhattan.”

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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