Rupert’s torch is extinguished.

Rupert’s torch is extinguished.

Apparently forgetting that the megalomaniacal I’m-in-charge-and-you’re-going-home-next-nanny-nanny-boo-boo strategy stopped working a few seasons ago, Rupert Boneham found his power was a liability last night when he was voted out on Survivor Pearl Islands. Although he didn’t take his torch and, say, set Burton or Jon on fire, he did tell Jeff, “I can’t believe this” as his torch was snuffed. His final words were much more melodramatic: “This would have made my life a lot better. I always get hurt trusting people. I want so badly to be accepted, and I never get the acceptance that I want. I don’t fit. So much for my dreams.” Rupert’s fans (and there are many) need not worry, as he’s reportedly currently participating in Survivor All-Stars. Next week, by the way, the show airs on Wednesday instead of Thursday.

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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