The new Fox series that combines Big Brother and Survivor

The brand-new reality series that strands 15 people for a year and broadcasts live feeds of their interaction is coming to Fox. Utopia debuted to strong ratings just a few weeks ago in the Netherlands and was created by John de Mol, who’s behind the original Big Brother format.

The show is like Big Brother meets Survivor, with both a survival and a competition element, plus live feeds. Fox will keep those but air the show only once a week; the Dutch network SBS 6 airs it five nights a week.

There’s a competition element that also keeps adding new participants: those on the show nominate each other for eviction, but someone from the bottom three is evicted by one of two newcomers (the other newcomer is also sent home).

Fox’s new reality executive, Simon Andreae, said in a press release that the show “will be the largest, most ambitious social experiment on television” and called it “an irresistible and truly forward-thinking television format.”

There isn’t a timeline yet for when it might air, though in the press release, John de Mol cited the network’s “speed and passion for the project,” suggesting it will air sooner than later. THR reports that “Casting and location scouting for the U.S. series will begin almost immediately.”

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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