Canadians getting a knock-off of CBS’ Big Brother

Big Brother is coming to Canada on the Slice Network, which will broadcast its own version of the international franchise. Global TV airs the CBS version of the show, so Canadians haven’t been deprived of the format, and sadly, their new version will mimic the CBS version instead of using another model.

A press release said the show will follow “the U.S. format,” and said viewers “can connect with the series outside of the 3-day-a-week broadcast through a myriad of digital extensions including live streaming and social engagement opportunities that allow online users to impact decisions in the house.”

The producers of Canada’s Got Talent and Canadian Idol, Insight Productions, will handle production of the show, so perhaps they’ll make better decisions about the implementation of the format.

The series will be broadcast three nights a week on Slice, which already airs The Real Housewives of Vancouver. TV Guide Canada notes that Canadian broadcaster “Shaw neglected to give much more info than that, including why it opted to schedule the show on specialty station Slice rather than the mainstream Global network.”

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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