Amazing Race team’s motivation; $10m for a bigfoot; celebrities play mock Big Brother

  • Bachelor parody Burning Love will return for two more seasons, satirizing The Bachelorette and Bachelor Pad. Ken Marino, its writer and star, said, “In the back of our heads we knew what the trilogy was.”
  • The Amazing Race‘s Chippendales team offer emotional reasons for why they are on the race. Since that constitutes character development, it didn’t make the show, of course.
  • Spike will air a series called 10 Million Dollar Bigfoot Bounty that will give that cash prize to any team that can provide proof of the creatures’ existence. (It’d be “would be the LARGEST CASH PRIZE IN TELEVISION HISTORY,” Spike notes.) Question: Can the cast of Animal Planet’s Finding Bigfoot win it? And would that mean the end of their show, since they found bigfoot?
  • A celebrity version of the mock Big Brother game Eviction run in L.A. last weekend featured Lance Bass, Jamie-Lynn Sigler, Sara Paxton, and an actual winner, Dan Gheesling, and his often-mentioned wife, Chelsea. As you can see in photos of the game, since it wouldn’t be possible to do anything Big Brother-related without appearances by Jeff Schroeder, Mike Malin and, of course, Rachel and Brendon, they all participated. What else do they have to do?
  • Reality Show, a fictional series about a Truman Show-esque reality show, will air on Showtime starting Nov. 1. It’s written by, directed by, and stars Adam Rifkin, who previously produced the hidden camera series Look for Showtime.
  • Donald Trump made another desperate grab for attention on Wednesday with some absurd nonsense instead of his promised “bombshell.” At least his actions weren’t transparently racist this time.
  • Fox has decided to copy ABC’s Celebrity Splash, which is based on a format from the Netherlands that is responsible for this awesome video. However, Stars in Danger: High Diving will only be a two-hour special produced by Bunim-Murray, the producers of The Real World and, now, Project Runway.
  • Brittany Taltos, one of the twins who appeared on both Jersey Shore and Bachelor Pad, was sunbathing when a friend ran over her head with his truck. “I thought I was going to die,” she told UF’s Alligator, but after 10 stitches, she’s fine.
  • 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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