Orphans sue ABC, family over Extreme Makeover: Home Edition episode

Five orphans who were part of an Extreme Makeover: Home Edition episode are suing ABC and the family that once took them in and has since evicted them.

The five kids “say that the producers took advantage of the family’s hard-luck story and promised them new cars and other prizes to persuade them to participate in the program,” according to the LA Times.

While the kids were taken into Firipeli and Lokilani Leomiti’s home, which was renovated for the show, “the suit claims that the Leomitis used the children to increase their chances of being selected for the program.” And “shortly after production wrapped,” the paper reports, “the Leomitis began working to evict the Higgins children — who are black and at the time ranged in age from 14 to 21 — through physical abuse and name-calling, including repeatedly using a racial epithet.”

Also named in the lawsuit is the construction company, because “Pardee used their photographs and story on the firm’s website without their permission.”

‘Makeover’ now family feud [The LA Times]
The Leomiti-Higgins Family: Season 2, Episode 18 [ABC]
One Extreme Story [Paradee Homes]

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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