Colonial House cast trained for two weeks at a Mass. museum/attraction.

Colonial House cast trained for two weeks at a Mass. museum/attraction.
Prior to living as if they were in the 17th century, the 17 Colonial House participants trained for two weeks at the Plimoth Plantation, a museum/attraction in Mass. The participants “spent time behind the scenes at the museum’s Pilgrim village, learning to garden, start fires and cook,” according to an MPG Newspapers story. The story also mentions that the show was set on Maine’s Androscoggin River, where a colony was constructed–with help from Plimoth Plantation workers–from the ground up. It “is similar to the Plymouth Colony of 1628.” Plantation food historian Kathleen Curtin says, “Before we met the participants, they were abstract to us and we thought they were absolutely crazy. Why would you want to do this? The sheer monotony is hard to grasp.”

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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