All-star Big Brother will include 12 or 14 cast members, more viewer participation during the season

The announcement came yesterday that Big Brother 7 would be an all-star edition, and viewers would vote to select the cast. Of course, there’s a caveat: “it’s expected producers will retain the right to cast some slots with past players who aren’t aud favorites,” Variety reports.

That makes some sense, considering that viewer votes don’t always result in the best outcome, because people vote against their best interests (e.g., who’s most entertaining to watch). That’s why Big Brother took away our right to vote after the first season.

Executive producer Allison Grodner told Variety that our participation won’t end with us voting for the houseguests we want to participate. “This will be the most interactive ‘Big Brother’ yet. Viewers will be getting involved more than in the past,” she said. However, elimination voting and selection of the winner will still be left up to the hamsters.

Eye casts ‘Brother’ with help from aud [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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