At Bachelor reunion, Ben complains, producer coaches Courtney with spoiler

What happened behind the scenes during the taping of last night’s The Bachelor reunion was far more interesting than what happened on it, including a producers’ spoiler-filled coaching of Courtney Robertson and Ben Flajnik complaining about having to appear on the show.

The Los Angeles Times reports from behind the scenes, highlighting five things, including Chris Harrison’s illness, which required him to break right after bringing Courtney on stage, and he had to lie down and have an IV. Ben told some people backstage, “One more of these [expletive] things and I’m done. I have so many better things to do with my life.” And while Chris was backstage, a producer consoled and coached Courtney, talking about her like of American Spirits cigarettes and, when she told him, “I don’t know if I can show that emotion again,” he told her, “You have to. This is for you. This is for you and Ben.”

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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