Tug of War: an actual reality show from Big Brother’s producers

The CW aired a series based on musical chairs last summer, and now the producers of Big Brother are working on a show based on an even simpler game: tug of war. Yes, this very real show is being produced by Alison Grodner and Rich Meehan’s Fly On the Wall Entertainment.

Doron Ofir Casting is searching for participants for the show, which is apparently called Tug of War. They want “the biggest personalities, the greatest storytellers, the most unlikely candidates and the fiercest competitors to put together the ultimate cast for the premier season of this incredible recreation/survival series.”

The show is described on the casting web site as “an all-new competition adventure show with a huge six figure prize” and “the greatest nostalgic adventure and the best summer of your life,” so it sounds like there will be more to the show than tug of war. Perhaps, like on a Big Brother challenge, contestants will get sprayed with white goo while tugging.

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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Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.