CBS’ The Will debuts Saturday.

CBS’ The Will debuts Saturday.
CBS’ new reality series The Will takes over the Saturday time slot once reserved for The Amazing Race when it debuts at 8 p.m. ET.

On the series, a man, Bill, will watch as his “family and friends will compete in both physical and mental challenges to win rewards and stave off elimination. The last person standing will claim the title of most deserving heir and win the ranch” that CBS calls “his most beloved possession.”

So, really, it’s not so much of a will as it is a land deed, and basically it’s just an excuse to destroy a family for our entertainment. Sounds great.

One of the 10 competitors is Bill’s fourth wife, Penny, who The Arizona Republic reports will “become (the break-out star),” according to producer Mike Fleiss, because “She figures prominently in every scene she’s in.” He says the series is “like eavesdropping on a great family argument at the next table at a restaurant. You’re getting to see the conflict that lies beneath the surface of every family and you’ll see it through the prism of this very strange game.”

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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