ABC pulls Welcome to the Neighborhood

ABC’s forthcoming series Welcome to the Neighborhood won’t air. The series “had drawn criticism from groups claiming it risked fostering prejudice,” according to the AP.

It’s concept seems innocuous enough: “white and conservative” families in Austin select a new neighbor; their choices were “families that are black, Hispanic and Asian; two gay white men who’ve adopted a black child; a couple covered in tattoos and piercings; a couple who met at the woman’s initiation as a witch; and a poor white family.”

The AP says that in one episode, “one man makes a crack about the number of children piling out of the Hispanic family’s car and displays of affection between the gay men provoke disgust. The series’ producers had said it was intended to promote a healthy and open debate about prejudice and people’s fear of differences.”

Both GLAAD and the Family Research Council had problems with the series. GLAAD said “it’s dangerous to let intolerance and bigotry go unchallenged for weeks at a time,” while the AP reports that the Family Research Council “said it was worried evangelicals would be made to appear judgmental and foolish.”

ABC pulls controversial reality series [AP]

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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