Big Brother creator casts himself in lead role of German Apprentice rip-off.

Big Brother creator casts himself in lead role of German Apprentice rip-off.
The sadist, er, creator of Big Brother is creating a knock-off version of The Apprentice. Better, John de Mol, a Dutch producer, is casting himself in the lead role of the new show. The show is called Hire or Fire, and “will test 10 candidates for the position of creative director for de Mol’s new production shingle, after his departure at Endemol,” Variety reports. The paper says it’s “an Endemol rival” to the Trump show, so it’s apparently not an official The Apprentice. It will air on Germany’s ProSieben network.

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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