Lane wins HOH, Pandora’s Desperate Attempt at Entertainment returns to Big Brother

Big Brother 12‘s Sunday episode started with nine minutes of recap, 21 minutes of a relatively lame competition, and more of Hayden shouting in the Diary Room. It was so boring, Julie Chen didn’t even want to stick around for it, bailing and leaving Hayden to host the new HOH competition. Lane won, predictably nominating Ragan and Enzo. Enzo’s a pawn and either Ragan will Britney will go home Thursday, depending upon the outcome of the veto competition.

Yes, Matt and Brendon’s exit has officially signaled the beginning of the end for this already-deflated season.

About the only mild entertainment was the return of Pandora’s Box returned because the producers are desperate to make something happen. But no. Lane opened it and chose envelopes that could have had $10,000, but instead he got $79, $12, and 17 cents, winning $91.17 and causing the houseguests to have three punishments.

Only one was revealed: all of their glassware and silverware was removed. I’ve heard from live feed watchers that another one of the punishments may be entertaining, so why the hell wasn’t that part of the episode? The perpetual problem with Big Brother punishments is that they don’t make good TV, never mind the way they’re recycled from season to season. Who cares that they have to drink out of bottles or bowls, or eat finger food?

“This sucks; I wish I was playing golf,” Lane said at one point. This episode was about as boring as watching him play golf, so it’s basically the same thing.

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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