CBS will air Big Brother 11 next summer, is now casting “articulate, interesting” people

CBS has renewed Big Brother for an eleventh season, but it has abandoned its poorly conceived spring season, and will air the next season in the summer.

In its announcement of the renewal, the network brags that this summer’s edition “averaged nearly 7 million viewers this summer … and proved strong counter programming opposite the summer Olympics.”

Casting for the next season has already started; the application [PDF] is on CBS’ web site. And the eligibility requirements [PDF] have an interesting statement about who they’re looking for:

“The Producers are looking for a dynamic group of individuals who are articulate, interesting and exhibit enthusiasm for the project as well as a willingness to share their most private thoughts in an open forum of strangers. This group of individuals, while meeting the technical requirements of the program, must also have sufficient physical, psychological, and mental capacity to endure approximately 100 days in a monitored house under extraordinary conditions.

I’d mock that relentlessly except this summer season actually was classier than normal, even with the public sex, Ollie’s homophobic outbursts, and Jessie’s anti-Semitism. If they cast a group of crazy but not thoroughly horrifying people who are all strangers, and stay away from stupid twists, we may be seeing a different sort of its show for its second TV season decade.

The 11th Edition of “Big Brother” to Return in Summer 2009 [CBS press release]

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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