Hope fades for something to happen on Big Brother besides Brenchel fighting

I was very, very close to deleting Sunday’s episode of Big Brother mid-episode, as the editors cut between Brendon doing his underbite pout and having the same fake-tears fight with Rachel that those dysfunctional twits always have, and the shameless promotion for the absolutely awful-looking forthcoming reality series Same Name, which David Hasselhoff showed up to promote for a few seconds after an uninspired, uninteresting luxury competition that preceded obvious nominations delivered with the same platitudes.

Twist fail. Editing fail. Product placement fail. Relationship fail. The only way this season or week gets redeemed is if Brendon and Rachel backdoor Jeff and Jordan and shake this thin up. There have been some encouraging reports on Twitter, but I’m not holding my breath that something will happen on Wednesdays and Thursdays episodes, because I enjoy staying conscious.

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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