Houseguests, twist revealed as online feeds’ audio goes live accidentally

Yesterday, the Big Brother 7 houseguests were heard on the live feeds, as “they started broadcasting for approximately an hour Tuesday afternoon before being shut down,” according to Jam! Showbiz. Thus, the names of the houseguests have been revealed, as has a major game-changing twist.

As an aside, I’m not sure whether I am in awe of, or have pity for, those who can recognize past houseguests by voice alone, and I’m not going to even start on those who monitor the feeds in the middle of the afternoon on a holiday, days before they’re supposed to go live.

The houseguests are Alison, Danielle, Diane, Erika, George, Howie, James, Janelle, Jase, Jennifer/Nakomis, Kaysar, Marcellas, Mike Boogie, and Will. Of course, we don’t yet know which six were viewer’s picks. Producers opted to stock the house with 14 people, not 12, which everyone seems to think is a surprise, even though the possibility was revealed by producer Allison Grodner back in April.

In addition, the dialogue has apparently revealed one of the major game changes this year (highlight to read): “It seems the HouseGuests participated in a Head of Household Competition which crowned two HOHs for the week. Winners Jase and Janelle now must nominate two HouseGuests for eviction and if they cannot decide on whom to put up, they themselves will be nominated,” according to Jam! Showbiz.

Glitch reveals ‘Big Brother’ twists [Jam! Showbiz]

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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