Bachelor Pad opening to casting to viewers, becoming Real World/Road Rules Challenge

The Bachelor Pad, the spin-off the dispenses with the search for love and replaces it with, will cast non-alumni to be part of the cast of its third season this summer. That was announced during the finale tonight, and moves the show into territory that’s been well-explored on MTV’s Challenges, which started as competitions between alumni of The Real World and Road Rules, but now includes a slate of returning cast members who once were viewers or fans and never appeared on the feeder shows.

Casting is open to people who are at least 18 and residents of the United States or Canada (except Quebec), and “have not appeared in any unscripted/reality/game television show series, including but not limited to, Survivor, Big Brother, Amazing Race, American Idol, Pawn Stars, Dirty Jobs, Swamp People, Hogs Gone Wild, Deadliest Catch, America’s Top Model, and Project Runway.”

That is a strange list, and I am really sad that the Deadliest Catch captains and deckhands are ineligible along with Swamp People‘s cast, because how awesome would that be?

In this surprisingly funny video, awful Bachelor Jake Pavelka offers casting advice to potential applicants that’s both amusing and self-deprecating. For example, he shows a shirtless photo of himself and says, “I have no personality, so I work out.” That’s a pretty great description of a lot of the cast members.

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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