ABC calls anarchy-filled, rule-less, cheap-ass Bachelor 7 “unplugged.”

ABC calls anarchy-filled, rule-less, cheap-ass Bachelor 7 “unplugged.”
For its last-ditch effort at its reality romance franchise, ABC is saving a few bucks while throwing everything it can against the wall and seeing what will stick, hoping they won’t just end up with crap on the wall. The network is calling The Bachelor 7 “unplugged,” as it features “no limos, no gowns and no rules”–the first two are roughly translated as “we’re not spending any more money on this series.” Additionally, “the roses can come at any time.” What other surprises will there be? That’s all we know about now, but perhaps Chris Harrison will show up drunk or at least tripped out on caffeine, tired of repeating the same cliches for 10 seasons and ready to kick some ass. The network has also announced the 25 women who will compete for F-list actor Charlie O’Connell’s affections, or who will at least allow him to use them to increase his fame by a trifling amount. One of those women, ABC is thrilled to note, “is the first single mom in ‘Bachelor’ history.” And for some odd reason, nine of them have names that start with K: Kara, Katie, Kerry, Kimberly, Kindle, Krisily, Kristen, Kristina, and Kristine.

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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