Former child star will appear on Big Brother to whore his CBS sitcom

The Big Brother 7 houseguests are getting a surprise visitor tonight, CBS has announced, spoiling its own surprise before it even happens.

Of course, it wouldn’t be a surprise unless there was a chance for cross-promotion, and the visitor is the star of a CBS sitcom. But he’s probably better known for the sitcom he starred in as a teenager, Doogie Howser, M.D.

Yes, Neil Patrick Harris “will make a surprise visit to BIG BROTHER: ALL-STARS when he drops into the house for ‘Christmas in August,’ a prize the Houseguests won in Sunday’s food competition,” according to CBS. The network calls him “an avid reality TV fan,” although who knows if he’s a Big Brother fan.

Update: An alert reader noticed that Will lists Neil Patrick Harris as one of his only favorite actor. I’d say he’s being facetious, but he also lists How I Met Your Mother as one of his favorite TV shows. Someone’s going to be very excited.

Neil Patrick Harris, Star of How I Met Your Mother … [CBS 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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