Aborigine consultants say they were “underpaid” and exploited by the Survivor production.

Aborigine consultants say they were “underpaid” and exploited by the Survivor production.
(warning: the story reports on a few possible spoilers, including contestant activities/challenges.) Two consultants hired by the Survivor 2 production crew to say they were “underpaid”–given just $200 a day instead of the $2000 they expected. Members of the Warungnu tribe, they were hired to teach the contestants how to survive eating native food, but were asked to dress up in native outfits and explain their skills to the cameras instead. When they got their checks, it was far less than they expected, especially considering their expanded duties.

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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Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.