A new way to stalk the Big Brother hamsters

The Big Brother 16 cast members were given product placement yesterday in the form of fitness trackers, and now you can see just how many steps they’ve taken, miles they’ve traveled, and calories burned. Because it’s good to know that Zach is leading the house in number of steps taken (4,690 yesterday).

A CBS press release, which notes that Fitbit Flex™ Wireless Activity Tracking Wristbands are provided by Fitbit, says we can track “their physical data, including weight, number of steps taken, miles traveled, calories burned and active minutes.”

So far, the activity tracker page–which is not in real-time, alas–only shows steps taken, miles traveled, and calories burned; active minutes shows 0 for everyone, perhaps because something catastrophic happened. Or the technology isn’t working 100 percent yet.

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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