Big Brother renewed for seventh season

And we can relax: Big Brother will return in eight months for a seventh season.

Although the show has been looking for cast members for a while, the show wasn’t officially renewed. However, CBS has now greenlit the seventh season. Variety notes that “CBS usually waits until winter to finalize a decision on a pickup,” and producers are thrilled.

“This is the earliest we’ve gotten a renewal,” executive producer Arnold Shapiro said. His producing partner Allison Grodner says “This gives us a lot more time to plan for and work on ‘Big Brother 7,'” so they can find even more inane ways to screw with the houseguests’ minds.

Neither would comment on the possibility of an all-star season; instead, Grodner said, cryptically, “There are still things we can do to surprise the audience.”

They won’t be surprising us with a new host, as Julie Chen will return in all of her robotic, idiotic glory.

Another ‘Brother’ [Variety]

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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