PBS announces Texas Ranch House cast, promotes show with MooTube

PBS’ next historical reality series debuts next Monday at 8, airing two hour episodes for four nights. The show’s site now includes profiles of the 15 participants, who are divided by their living quarters: the bunkhouse and the ranch house. Although the show’s six cowboys make a Brokeback Mountain comparisons inevitable, none of the cast members appear to be gay.

But PBS is looking to increase ratings by embracing something even hipper than cowboy-on-cowboy action: a viral web site.

To promote Texas Ranch House, PBS last week launched MooTube. The site that offers four streaming feeds from cameras attached to cows; there’s also a Pasture Blog and a Cow of the Day feature. Despite the similarities in their names, it’s nothing like YouTube; there are, alas, no shirtless teenage bulls lip syncing to Kelly Clarkson.

Texas Ranch House | Meet the Adventurers [PBS]
MooTube
MooTube.com Is First On-the-Hoof Mobile Entertainment Option [PBS 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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