Shaq helping kids lose weight for ABC reality series

Shaquille O’Neal will star in a reality series this summer, although unlike most other celebrities’ shows, it won’t follow his life.

Instead, the untitled ABC series “focuses on the Miami Heat center embarking on a campaign to help Florida elementary and junior high school kids lose weight,” Variety reports.

During the six-episode series, which is currently being filmed in Broward County, “O’Neal will interact with the kids as he encourages them to stay on their regimen,” according to Variety.

This show appears to be the second weight-loss reality show ABC is planning for this summer; last week, the network announced plans to air a US version of the UK series Too Big to Walk?.

O’Neal weighs in on reality [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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