Big Brother gets resurrected in the UK

Less than a year after ending its run in the UK, cancelled because of low ratings, Big Brother is being resurrected–but with major changes.

The show will now air on Channel 5 and has a new house, while the show’s host, Davina McCall, is out, replaced by previous winner Brian Dowling. More significantly, the show will no longer offer the live feeds that have allowed fans to watch online.

Tonight, the eighth celebrity series begins, and it will be followed by a new regular-person series, both of which will air on the show’s new home, Channel 5, which has a two-year deal with Endemol to broadcast it. Channel 5’s director of programming Jeff Ford told BBC News that the network bought the show “to connect to a younger audience, and very importantly, we will continue to serve the viewers who love us. But we’re not going to tailor it for a Channel 5 audience because we want all audiences who used to love the show.”

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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