four-year old sperm donor show idea makes its way from Europe to the US.

four-year old sperm donor show idea makes its way from Europe to the US.
When the concept for Endemol’s sperm donor series Make me a Mum was originally publicized four years ago, “European broadcasters ran a mile” from it, according to the Daily Record. It still has its British name, though, and the same concept: it’s “a reality series that would pit a group of male contestants against each other for the honor of serving as a sperm donor to a woman willing to be impregnated,” according to the Hollywood Reporter. And “the woman must choose between two finalists. One will be determined on the basis of biological compatibility, the other on personal grounds.” Unbelievably, they’re sanitizing the show concept for the US, as “Endemol has opted not to use microscopic cameras that would enable viewers to actually see the egg get fertilized.” The president of True Entertainment, an Endemol spin-off, says, “We took in the response in Europe, and we felt strongly about the idea and felt that it wasn’t the kind of lascivious idea that people were portraying it as. It is our intention in the new year to go back and re-ignite the pitch and revisit some of the (U.S.) networks we received a positive response from.” Who has money on FOX?

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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