L.A. earthquake hits Big Brother house

The magintude-5.4 earthquake in Los Angeles today was felt at the Big Brother 10 house, which is located near Colfax and Ventura in Los Angeles, about 45 miles from the earthquake’s epicenter. The production is, of course, live.

“A lot of them are not from California, so this is the first earthquake they’ve experienced. Everyone was a bit shaken,” executive producer Allison Grodner told the Los Angeles Times. “We made sure they felt safe. But they went back to business right after,” she said.

The Hollywood Reporter’s James Hibberd has video, and wrote that the earthquake resulted in “aimless scurrying and at least one person taking off their shirt.” In other words, just a regular afternoon in the house.

Here’s footage from inside the house and the back yard. In the first video, it starts at about 1:15, and in both, the producers immediately cut the live feeds, because of course something interesting started to happen:

Strong quake shakes Southern California [AP]
Reality TV stars react to the Los Angeles quake [Los Angeles Times]
Earthquake hits ‘Big Brother’ house [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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