FOX making over families; Little People of America was consulted about show.

FOX making over families; Little People of America was consulted about show.

FOX is scouring the south for families, but applicants need not fear Paris and Nicole invading their space and ruining their reputation. Instead, they’re casting for Family Time, which the Macon Telegraph says will “take that family, whether its background be Mayberry or Burberry, and, over the course of an episode, spruce up its looks, its lawn, its home and, in some cases, its pets.”

Meanwhile, producers of FOX’s two-episode dating show The Littlest Groom consulted Little People of America “for pointers on how the show could be sensitive to the needs of little people,” the Daily News reports. Apparently, they forgot to ask if it’d be sensitive to mock them with average-sized people, and the organization’s president isn’t thrilled.

Matt Roloff says when they talked, “I was adamant that they not mix average-sized people and little people. … It could be detrimental to our psyche.” Still, he thinks the show could be good PR: “The more we’re exposed in real settings, the less we’re going to be stared at.”

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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