Reality Show Contestants Left In Wilderness, Not Told Show Is Canceled


Reality Show Contestants Left In Wilderness, Not Told Show Is Canceled

If this isn’t the plot of a movie or a limited series we’re about to get obsessed with, someone needs to fix that immediately.

Eden was a reality show on Channel 4 in the UK that was supposed to chronicle a group of 23 strangers attempting to build a society from scratch in the wilderness of the Scottish Highlands, accompanied by a small camera crew. 

The show aired four episodes last summer, but was then shelved after ratings dropped to less than a million viewers. That’s typical (remember Utopia??). What’s not typical is that the contestants were not told that the show was canceled, and were left in the wild to continue the experiment. 

Last week, the 10 contestants who hadn’t quit the show emerged from the 600 acre estate where it was filmed to discover what had happened in the last year, including Brexit, Donald Trump becoming president, and the cancellation of their show. 

Being canceled wasn’t even Eden’s only issue. By September 2016, a third of the contestants had decided to leave, saying they were too hungry, or had been bullied by other contestants, or just that the show was not what they thought it was going to be. (For instance, at one point, some of the men were forming a plan called “Operation C–t” to get the women off the show.) 

Channel 4 has reportedly promised that the rest of the experiment will still air, just in a less timely fashion than it originally began airing. 

“The appeal of Eden is that it was a real experiment, and when filming began we had no idea what the results would be and how those taking part would react to being isolated for months in a remote part of the British Isles,” the channel said in a statement obtained by Variety. “That’s why we did it, and the story of their time, including the highs and the lows, will be shown later this year.”

It’s obvious that Eden wasn’t quite what anyone thought it was going to be, but that makes for an even better fictionalized limited series that we are now impatiently waiting for. It’s like Lost, but on purpose! And with worse men!


Published at Tue, 28 Mar 2017 02:53:00 +0000

Finally, the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Reunion We All Needed

Nostalgia alert!

The cast of beloved 90s sitcom The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air reunited on Monday for a get-together that will surely have everyone singing, “Now this is a story all about how…

Alfonso Ribeiro shared the group snapshot featuring Tatyana AliKaryn ParsonsDaphne Maxwell Reid and Joseph Marcell to his Instagram, which he captioned, “Always amazing to spend an afternoon with my Fresh Prince family. Wishing that James Avery was still with us to make this complete.”

Avery, who played Will’s no-nonsense Uncle Phil on the show, passed away in 2014. 

And while it’s been more than a decade since Fresh Prince ended its wildly popular six-season run, fans are still holding out for a revival. 

When E! News caught up with the show’s titular star last year, he was quick to shut down speculation that a reboot was in the works. “I don’t think ever, like pretty close to when hell freezes over,” Smith shared. “Like we’re going to leave that one alone.”

Two years prior, Alfonso explained why the cast has opted out of any sort of official reunion in honor of Avery’s legacy on the show. 

“Since the passing of my favorite dad in the world, ever on TV, James Avery passed, the chances of a Fresh Prince coming back together will not happen,” he told E! News. “I don’t think we feel as a cast that we would do even our fans justice. We all felt like he was the centerpiece or the nucleus of that show. Without him, it just doesn’t work. So even if the whole cast comes to support me on the show, we’re not looking for that to happen. And that’s OK.” 

Guess this great photo of the cast will have to do! 


Published at Tue, 28 Mar 2017 02:39:00 +0000