Mark Cuban will give away $1 million on ABC’s format-less The Benefactor.

Mark Cuban will give away $1 million on ABC’s format-less The Benefactor.
Mark Cuban, the owner of Dallas Mavericks, will give away $1 million for absolutely no reason, on a show that has absolutely no format. Naturally, The Benefactor will air on ABC, which is desperate to get into the reality TV game with something more than Bachelor spin-offs. In an e.mail interview, Cuban tells the Dallas Morning News that the format is simple: out of 30 contestants, one “person is going to get on my good side at the right time, and whoever that is, is going to walk away with a check from me for $1 million. … I can promise you it will be a journey, with some of the rules made up along the way.” The paper reports that the UK’s “12 Yard Productions approached ABC with the idea, and a search began for a host.” ABC’s Andrea Wong tries to spin the lack-of-a-format thing by calling it “a show without boundaries” that “can take infinite twists and turns.”

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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