Rocco: plot was surprising; “it was not my choice to make my litigation public.”

Rocco: plot was surprising; “it was not my choice to make my litigation public.”
The second season of The Restaurant debuts next week, and will focus heavily on Rocco’s battle with his business partner. But Rocco says this was not his idea: “There were definitely times I wished the camera wasn’t there. I’ll tell you frankly that it was not my choice to make my litigation public. This is something that my partner Jeffrey and I were handling privately until the day the cameras showed up.” He tells that he expected the new season to focus on other storylines and people, such as Mark the Bartender. He also plays the “I’m a character; it’s not real” card, saying, “They had tens of thousands of hours of tape and with that tape, they crafted characters. What you saw on television isn’t necessarily representative of who I am as a manager day in and day out. I think it’s hard to get to know someone over six hours.”

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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