Real World, Road Rules, and Simple Life creator Mary-Ellis Bunim dies.

Real World, Road Rules, and Simple Life creator Mary-Ellis Bunim dies.
Mary-Ellis Bunim, half of the team that created The Real World, Road Rules, Making the Band, Love Cruise, and The Simple Life, died of cancer yesterday at 57. She worked first in daytime TV, producing “more than 2,500 hours of daytime television on Search for Tomorrow, As the World Turns, Santa Barbara and Loving,” according to her bio. Her producing partner, Jonathan Murray, tells CNN, “Mary-Ellis was a one-in-a-million partner and friend, and I will always treasure our incredible years of collaboration. Even as the family at Bunim-Murray Productions mourns her loss, we will honor her memory by remaining committed to her ideals of creativity, adventure, and excellence, both on the screen and in our lives.” Additionally, TV Week reports that Bunim-Murray VP and producer Bonnie Bogard, who worked on both Love Cruise and The Simple Life, died earlier this week.

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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