Shaq “stole” the idea for Shaq Vs. from Steve Nash

Steve Nash is listed as an executive producer on Shaquille O’Neal’s awkwardly scripted new ABC series Shaq Vs. because “O’Neal stole [Steve] Nash’s idea” for the show, according to the Arizona Republic. The paper says “Nash eventually sought out an entertainment lawyer, according to sources, which is why he now has an executive-producer credit and the compensation that comes with it.”

But Nash told the paper thta’s not true. “We collaborated on parts of the show. I support him 100 percent. I thought the first episode was a fantastic episode, and I can’t wait for the next one.”

Paola Boivin writes, “That’s something you would expect Nash to say. He often has played the role of locker-room peacemaker,” and reports that “a source close to Nash said, ‘Steve was pissed. He couldn’t believe Shaq’s lack of integrity. … He’s moved on. He really does want the show to succeed.'”

Shaq’s behind-the-back move [Arizona Republic]

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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