Celebrities will control the lives of “gifted” cast on Big Brother: Celebrity Hijack

After cancelling the 2008 celebrity edition of Big Brother in the UK, Channel 4 has announced that the next season will adopt a format that involves celebrities behind the scenes.

Big Brother: Celebrity Hijack will debut Jan. 3 and feature “an assortment of cheeky celebrities” who will “be helping Big Brother handle a new crop of housemates, each with a special skill,” Channel 4 says on the show’s web site. The celebrities include Joan Rivers, according to Heat.

The cast members are all 18 to 21 years old, and are “some of the most gifted young people from around the country,” including “young scientists, athletes and Mensa members,” BBC News reports. Of course, none of them were smart enough to turn down an offer to appear on the show, so who knows how much of an exaggeration that is.

Big Brother: Celebrity Hijack [Channel 4]
Big Brother – celebrity hijackers revealed! [Heat]
Channel 4 unveils Brother revamp [BBC News]

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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