Burnett says The Casino may last nine seasons; Discovery airing a casino series.

Burnett says The Casino may last nine seasons; Discovery airing a casino series.
Mark Burnett says The Casino, which debuts June 14 on FOX, is “a nine-season, ongoing soap opera.” Why won’t it be similar to his The Restaurant? He tells USA TODAY that the show is “edgier. Fox is an edgier network. Las Vegas is an edgier place. It’s people letting their hair down and going crazy.” Meanwhile, The Discovery Channel will beat FOX and Burnett to the punch with American Casino, which debuts this Friday at 8 p.m. ET. It follows the staff of Green Valley Ranch, in addition to brothers Frank Fertitta III and Lorenzo Fertitta who own the Station Casinos. Lorenzo tells USA TODAY that they agreed to do the show because “we wanted to show how complex an operation it is and the trials and tribulations that go into making an experience great.” It’s produced by Craig Piligian, the man behind American Chopper.

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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