Big Brother 15’s young houseguests: Rachel Reilly’s sister, no returnees

Big Brother 15‘s houseguests have been revealed, and there are 16 people, nearly all of whom are in their 20s and white. As Julie Chen had already promised, there are no returnees, but because a season without a connection to Rachel Reilly is not a season of the show, her sister, Elissa Slater, has been cast.

The cast is very young: mostly in their 20s, with only three people in their 30s (the oldest is 37; the other two are 31 and 32; last year’s smaller cast had two people in their 40s). While I don’t want to identify people’s ethnicity based on photos alone, let’s just say that 13 of the 16 cast members appear to be so white, mayonnaise may file a plagiarism lawsuit.

The press release identifies only hometowns, but there’s more diversity in those and their professions: houseguests come from across the country, and occupations range from professor to youth counselor, railroad conductor to pediatric speech therapist, political consultant to pizza delivery boy.

CBS’ web site features interviews with each cast member conducted by that ass Jeff Schroeder, so I won’t be watching those. Plus, it’s more fun meeting them on episode one when they pretend to be surprised by receiving a key, and shout their overly coached introductions.

Big Brother is almost upon us yet again. Brace yourselves.

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.