German Big Brother that was set to run indefinitely ends in February

Germany attempted its own version of The Truman Show with an indefinitely-running Big Brother, but the show’s low ratings have led producers to end it in February.

Big Brother: The Village, produced by Endemol, “began in March on a purpose-built set outside Cologne that covered 5,000 square metres,” the BBC reports. Still, it “will end on 26 February 2006 due to falling ratings.” An RTL II spokesperson said, “The series has not attracted as many viewers as we would have liked.”

Instead of just getting drunk and participating in ridiculous challenges, “participants were expected to work, with the nature of their employment dependent on which social status they were assigned on entering the village,” the BBC reports.

German Big Brother to end early [BBC News]

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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