Ugly Christmas sweaters will make $8 million because of Shark Tank

Tipsy Elves snowman sweater

Shark Tank introduced a new shark last night, GoPro founder and billionaire Nick Woodman, the best new addition since Mark Cuban, and also featured a contentious, emotional pitch over a product called Kitchen Safe. But it was an update in the middle of the show that was the most surprising. The founders of Tipsy Elves, a company best known for … keep reading ▶

Something different for food reality TV: a focus on food

Julia Child

Nancy Barber is a friend and writer who knows food better than I do, having written about local Florida restaurants, among other topics. So, when National Geographic invited reporters on a sponsored trip to New Orleans to learn about its three food-focused reality series, I asked her to cover them for reality blurred. In the first of … keep reading ▶

A Survivor surprise in the form of a baffling vote

Survivor's Jeremy Collins and Jon Misch

Even 29 seasons in, Survivor continues to offer surprises. This time, they came in the form of baffling behavior: reward challenge trades, pointless lies, and a true blindside. It was also a throwback to earlier seasons when the vote came as a surprise to viewers because very little and/or misleading strategizing was shown. When Natalie turned … keep reading ▶

MTV’s Diem Brown has died

Diem Brown

Diem Brown, the two-time cancer survivor who who appeared on MTV's Challenges, died this morning after her most recent battle with cancer. She was 32. People has a detailed obituary and timeline … keep reading ▶