America’s Choice begins on Thursday

One of the most idiotic–but still potentially amusing–elements of Big Brother returns Thursday. That’s when Julie Chen will read a card with the first America’s Choice question of the year. If you blacked out after last year, America’s Choice allows the audience to make a (generally inconsequential) choice for the houseguests.

This year, voting will occur online and via text messaging votes, according to a press release CBS sent out today. Larry Kramer, president of CBS Digital Media, said in the release, “Text messaging will bring the ‘Big Brother’ experience to living rooms across America, allowing even greater participation from the viewing public. It’s an organic extension of the ‘Big Brother’ phenomenon, and it will be incorporated seamlessly into the show.”

Sweet! Oh, wait, he said organic, not orgasmic, which would have been a lot more fun.

Hopefully, we’ll get exciting questions this year, such as, “Which houseguest should be pushed down the stairs?” or “Should we lace the peanut butter with laxatives or speed?”

Big Brother 6 Goes Wireless [CBS press release]

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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