New Endemol show is like Big Brother, except social media popularity decides winner

Reality producer Endemol is pitching a new reality format at Mipcom this week that combines Big Brother with social media.

As part of its slate of multiplatform, hybrid series, Endemol has the oddly titled Zoom, which C21 Media reports “aims to fuse social media and traditional television. Five contestants are made to stay at home while being filmed 24 hours a day with a ‘Social Community Index,’ a popularity aggregator compiled through social media sites like Twitter and Facebook, deciding … their fates.” Other reports suggest all five contestants would be locked in the same house, not by themselves at home, which would be a boring show.

That sounds interesting, but I think back to season one of Big Brother when viewers voted out all of the interesting, controversial people. I have no doubt that if we got to vote on Survivor Samoa, Russell would have been gone in the first week or two, and as much as he drives me insane, I know that the season would have been far less interesting.

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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