actor Charlie O’Connell is Bachelor 7.

actor Charlie O’Connell is Bachelor 7.
A C-list actor will be the star of The Bachelor 7, according to E! Online’s Wanda/Kristin/whoever. How is this different than any other season? Kristin reports that it’s someone with a recognizable name: Charlie O’Connell. However, although they look alike, he’s not his more famous brother Jerry, who appeared in “Stand by Me” and “Kangaroo Jack.” Charlie, who’s 29, had a part in “Dude, Where’s My Car?” and other films. Kristin says Charlie was recently being followed by cameras and admitted his new role flat-out, saying, “I’m the next Bachelor.” Wanda notes that “producers had been looking–for months–for either a doctor or a ‘celebrity or someone with a celebrity angle’ under 30 to be the next big B and landed on Charlie. ABC believes him to have just the right charisma to bring the show back to its former Trista-like ratings of yesterseason.” Hopefully, they’re not looking for someone who’s genuinely searching for love: K-dog quotes a friend of Charlie’s who says, “He’s just come out of a relationship, and I’m pretty sure he’s just doing this for the fun–and the press.”

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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