Nescafe giving away Apprentice coffee.

Nescafe giving away Apprentice coffee.
Before last night’s episode of The Apprentice 3, Nescafe was already pitching its coffee, which was featured during the episode. You get “14 NESCAFÉ TASTER’S CHOICE(R) single serve packets, a $1.50 coupon & 2 recipe cards.” (Apparently the single serve packets are really excitable, because every time the site talks about Taster’s Choice it’s in all caps.) The site also allows you to register to win “a trip to New York City for the winner and a guest to attend the production of the Season 3 final episode of The Apprentice during the month of May 2005.” Companies whoring their Apprentice-placed products is nothing new, but it is an interesting strategy to give the product away to viewers, trying to get them hooked with a free sample. Of course, drug dealers have been using this strategy forever, so it’s about time reality TV show sponsors got on board.

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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