UK’s Big Brother 5 debuts; to compete, UKTV Style airs paint drying show.

UK’s Big Brother 5 debuts; to compete, UKTV Style airs paint drying show.
Promising that the series “is going to be evil,” the UK’s Channel 4 debuts Big Brother 5 tonight. A network spokesperson tells Reuters that they “set out to make everyday, mundane things harder…like going to the toilet or having a shower.” The cast is “rumoured to include a stripper, a former asylum seeker and two lesbians,” according to Ananova, while MediaBulletin reports that “A gay man who only sleeps with straight men” and “a witch, a male stripper, a former prostitute and at least two couples.” There’s one bedroom with two double beds, and Playboy TV is offering £100,000 for the first couple to have sex on camera. To compete with the Channel 4 series, UKTV Style is running an internet reality series it says is just as interesting: Watching Paint Dry. The show, which is streaming live on the Internet, promises lots of drama: “Producers plan to install further spotlights later this evening which will heat up the paint and could lead to some cracks appearing and the possibility of some early flaking so stay tuned!”

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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