Environmental renovation of a town will be featured in Leonardo DiCaprio-produced series E-topia

Leonardo DiCaprio is the executive produce and co-creator of a reality series that “will chronicle the eco-friendly reconstruction of an American town as it is transformed into a ”green’ utopia of tomorrow,'” according to The Hollywood Reporter.

E-Topia is “being shopped to broadcast networks” and “will document the monthslong endeavor in a town yet to be determined as teams of construction workers and laborers unaccustomed to the demands of a ‘green’ lifestyle work with passionate eco-idealists, planners and architects.”

Executive producer Craig Piligian, a co-executive producer on Survivor, said, “We’re going to take a devastated community and help transform it as a prototype for the future. At the end of the day, we’re all going to have to change the way we live, the way we burn and use fuel … We’re trying to show the country and the world by example, town by town by town, how we can change the way we live and fight global warming.”

The paper notes that both Hurricane Katrina and Al Gore’s documentary An Inconvenient Truth prompted the development of the series; Piligian and another producer “brought the idea to DiCaprio, a high-profile environmental advocate, who signed on as co-creator and executive producer.”

Appian Way going green with ‘E-topia’ [The Hollywood Reporter]

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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