Bruce Beresford-Redman back in US; CW picks up reality show he once pitched

Pimp My Ride co-creator and former Survivor producer Bruce Beresford-Redman, whose wife was killed in Mexico early last month, is back in the US after going missing in Mexico the same week that a reality series he originally pitched to The CW was picked up.

His attorney Richard Hirsch said in a statement to the AP that he’s in L.A. “to be with his children and attend to family and personal matters” and “is devastated by the loss of his wife, best friend, and the mother of his children.”

Yesterday, before it was revealed that he was back in the US, The Los Angeles Times reported that while “Mexican authorities detained Beresford-Redman for questioning. They did not charge him, but confiscated his passport and forbade him from leaving Mexico while the case was being investigated.” And “investigators have asked U.S. Embassy officials to attempt to locate Beresford-Roman, to no avail.”

Meanwhile, a new weight loss reality shows that The CW has picked up, Shedding for the Wedding, which the network described as a competition on which “Ten overweight engaged couples will live together and battle for the wedding of their dreams over a three-month period,” according to the network. The midseason series is executive produced by The Biggest Loser‘s David Broome and Pimp My Ride‘s Rick Hurvitz, and was originally pitched to The CW by Beresford-Redman.

However, Deadline Hollywood reported that he “has no involvement”: “He, along with former producing partner at Mindcrime Rick Hurvitz, pitched the idea to CW months ago when Biggest Loser producer David Broome was brought in to execute it. After Beresford-Redman’s arrest, he and Hurvitz dissolved their partnership. Broome’s company 25/7 and Hurvitz’s Breakfast Anytime are now producing Shedding to the Wedding, with Beresford-Redman having no involvement or profit participation.”

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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