Adam and Ryan are Big Brother 9’s final two

Yet again, Big Brother will end with an obnoxious ass as its winner–keeping up its history of rewarding people with bad or bigoted behavior–as the final two contestants are Adam Jasinski and Ryan Quicksall.

Here’s a quick refresher: Adam was fired from his job and caused an advertiser to bail from the show over a comment he made about autistic children earlier this season. And Ryan was accused of being a racist by his own girlfriend, and who admitted to having a problem with interracial relationships even though he thinks that does not qualify as racism. (“I just said you didn’t agree with interracial relationships,” Jen told Ryan, and he replied, “You didn’t say I was racist and prejudiced?”)

To be fair, both of those comments came early in the season, and while I haven’t exactly been paying close attention, they don’t seem to have repeated this kind of offensive stuff–beyond, you know, just being typical Big Brother assholes. They’re nothing like mush-mouthed bigot Amber or uber-dick Dick from last season, and perhaps not even as bad as cruel idiot Joshuah would have been. Still, they’re not exactly the kind of people the world rallies behind, although some people are enamored by Adam.

The show arrived at its final two by dumping half its cast into the jury house over the past two nights. On Tuesday, the show had a fake live eviction show (it was pre-taped), during which Adam and Ryan conspired to and actually got rid of Sharon, and then the final three began the last HOH competition. Last night, Sheila and Adam quit round one of that contest and gave it to Ryan; Adam and Sheila got into a giant hamster wheel for part two and Adam won; Ryan won part three, the ridiculously unfair random questions round; he evicted Sheila; and then Sheila fake-cried her way through her interview with Julie (seriously: no tears and bad acting). Perhaps the only bright spot was that this disaster of a season ends Sunday.

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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