Amazing Race 5 adds new game twists and Big Brother 4 cast member.

Amazing Race 5 adds new game twists and Big Brother 4 cast member Alison.
CBS has made an odd decision to merge its trashiest reality TV series, Big Brother, with its classiest, The Amazing Race. The two shows will premiere together on July 6 at 8 p.m. ET. They’ll air weekly at 9 and 10 p.m. respectively, with Big Brother 5 also airing two other nights every week. CBS’ scheduler tells Variety that “having an established brand like ‘Big Brother’ leading into ‘Amazing Race’ can really help us get the show even more exposure with younger viewers.” Another way they’ll try to draw viewers of that show into The Amazing Race 5 is by adding Big Brother 4 runner-up Alison Irwin and her boyfriend to the cast. Alison is the delightful woman who called cast member Robert a “Cuban faggot” and said she planned to vote him out by saying, “I vote to evict your sorry motherfucking Cuban ass out”–although CBS neglected to include any of that footage on the live broadcast. The Amazing Race 5 will also include two other new twists: “yields” that allow teams to slow down a team that’s behind them, and a provision that causes last-place teams to lose all of their money during nonelimination legs.

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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