CBS absurdly claims Glass House is similar because it has a gay player, et cetera

CBS is moving forward with its lawsuit against ABC and The Glass House, even though ABC thought the lawsuit was over, and has filed papers that make even more absurd arguments than before. Previously, the network claimed that parts of every reality show were unique to Big Brother.

The lawsuit now says that “Glass House employs the same plot, themes, mood, setting, pace, characters, dialogue, sequence of events and other concrete elements making up Big Brother,” and The Associated Press reports that CBS’ amended complaint has added the following similarities: “‘obligatory older’ and ‘openly gay’ player, ‘showmances’ as a plot element and ‘generally comfortable, cloistered house’ environments.”

Please! The Real World pre-dated Big Brother by almost a decade and pioneered the “comfortable, cloistered house” thing, never mind the “openly gay” thing. And CBS does not need to be taking credit for its casting, since it makes The Real World‘s typecasting seem like a model of diversity.

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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