Employees will compete for a promotion in CBS pilot from Undercover Boss producers

CBS has ordered a pilot episode for a new competition series from the producers of Undercover Boss that will feature two employees of a company competing for a promotion.

The series “has standalone episodes going behind the scenes at major U.S. companies cooperating with the production,” according to The Hollywood Reporter, which notes that “[u]nlike ‘Boss,’ the as-yet-untitled new show adds a competitive element (which often fuels most broadcast reality shows), and doesn’t require the undercover approach.”

It isn’t framed as a direct spin-off, but seems to me to be a logical follow-up and even a show that could take over for Undercover Boss if it gets too difficult to produce or audiences tire of its formulaic approach.

CBS developing ‘Undercover Boss’ companion series [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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