Three moments from last night’s episode that sum up Big Brother 16

Nicole on Big Brother

Nicole during Sunday’s Big Brother (Photo by Lisette M. Azar/CBS)

Big Brother took the path of least resistance during its most recent live show: eliminating Nicole in a 6-0 vote and returning power to the alliance after a relatively suspense-less HOH challenge that was mostly a competition between alliance members.

Despite severe missteps–that final interview that I didn’t even watch because no, the Thursday Night Football ad masquerading as a prize–there were fun moments.

Primarily: The random yet perfect inclusion of Cody slapping himself in the face while sleeping and then looking around to see who slapped him; a mannequin in a grave that was vibrating and, because he was partially concealed by an on-screen graphic, looked to be pleasuring himself; and the behind-the-mirrored-glass zombies, an even more effective use of that trick that’s apparently been used before but that I forgot about since I purge my brain of every season after the season concludes.

Self-slapping followed by blame of others, masturbating zombies, and terror about things that others can’t see: can you think of a better way to sum up Big Brother 16?

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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