Welcome to the Neighborhood may still air on ABC

ABC’s pulled reality series Welcome to the Neighborhood may still be aired–on ABC.

While the Fox Reality Channel has offered to air the series, ABC won’t let it go. According to Variety, ABC’s entertainment president Steve McPherson said last week, “If I don’t think something should be aired, why would I sell it to somebody else? For financial gain or just to get it out there? That doesn’t make any (sense). If you don’t think something is responsible to be broadcast, why would you encourage it to be broadcast elsewhere?”

Despite this talk about responsibility, Variety says that “McPherson and other ABC insiders have insisted no final decision has been made on the skein’s future. In fact, it’s believed the net is still brainstorming about ways to present the show, perhaps in an edited form.”

That would please The Chicago Tribune’s Howard Witt, who happens to live in the neighborhood where the show was shot. In his essay, he reveals the winners, and says that “it’s a shame that America may never see this particular made-for-TV social experiment, because it provided a rare window into what our neighborhood, and to a large degree, the city of Austin, is really like.”

TV hasn’t worn out ‘Welcome’ [Variety]
‘Welcome to the Neighborhood': Roll out the unwelcome wagon [The Chicago Tribune]

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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