Eden producer “enjoy[s] playing God.”

Eden producer “enjoy[s] playing God.”
Monday, about 4.3 million watched Forever Eden, about 10 million fewer people than watched shows on NBC and CBS, and “it has so far lost a million viewers each episode.” Perhaps one of the reasons for the $20 million show’s less-than-stellar ratings so far is that its producer thinks he’s the almighty. Executive producer Bruce Toms tells the Independent, “I enjoy playing God with the contestants. Manipulating their lives, being a puppet-master….” Another reason might be that he’s so obsessed with creating a story that they shoot retakes and manipulate things by changing rules: “We can’t be too Machiavellian but we certainly whisper suggestions in contestants’ ears and change the rules to get our story. And we always get our story.” Toms, who is obsessed with Lord of the Flies and has a copy with them on the set, says producers look forward to conflict but won’t be “letting them smash Piggy’s head against the wall.”

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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