Vecepia wins Survivor Marquesas; all 16 Survivors win Saturn Vue SUVs.

Vecepia wins Survivor Marquesas; all 16 Survivors win Saturn Vue SUVs.
Survivor Marquesas concluded with two Survivor firsts: the final three were all women, and the $1 million winner and final survivor was a person of color. Portland office manager Vecepia Towery, aka Vee or V, won, receiving four of the seven votes, beating 21-year-old student Neleh Dennis. During the finale episode, Paschal was eliminated from the final four after a tiebreaker, which left the decision not up to past votes or a quiz, but to chance; Paschal drew the losing rock from a bag. First, though, Kathy negotiated with immunity-holder Vecepia to form an alliance to take them both to the final two. During the final endurance immunity challenge, however, Kathy fell off, leading Vecepia to offer immunity to Neleh in exchange for being taken to the final two, which is ultimately what happened. The final tribal council included strong words from some of the jury members, four of whom ultimately voted for Vecepia and three of whom voted for Neleh. During the live reunion, hosted by Rosie O’Donnell from Central Park, Vecepia said that the primary thing she’ll take away from the experience is, “without a doubt, being the first African-American to take it.” She said it was an “honor” to represent all “people of color.” Later during the reunion, Rosie had all 16 contestants eat, while blindfolded, gummi worms, and gave them a prize for doing it: each received a brand-new Saturn Vue SUV.

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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