Big Brother could return in late January

Earlier this week came word that CBS could bring Big Brother back early, perhaps in March, due to the strike. Now, word comes that CBS is getting ready to air Big Brother 9 even earlier, in late January or February.

CBS “quietly began casting for the next edition of the show a few weeks ago,” Variety reports. And “[executive] producer Allison Grodner is also said to be working on a new creative twist … There’s been buzz that the next edition of ‘Big Brother’ might actually use celebrities as opposed to civilians. A long strike might work in favor of such a plan, since some celebs normally busy working on sitcoms and dramas might have some time on their hands.”

But Big Brother 9 may even earlier than February. “CBS is quietly ramping up production on a ninth cycle of the reality show to begin airing in late January or early February if the strike persists well into the holidays,” Entertainment Weekly reports. Citing a “reliable source,” the magazine says “executive producer Allison Grodner is already hiring production staff.” If this happens, EW says, “it is unlikely to affect the regular summer run of the show.”

On the Early Show, “Hanna Storm joked that the show might be back sooner than the summer, prompting a roll of the eyes from Chen. Chen then expressed her hope that the strike is settled soon,” Variety reports.

CBS leans on ‘Brother’ during strike [Variety]
New ‘Big Brother’ could air this winter [Entertainment Weekly]

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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