teenager designed the immunity challenge that Jeff Probst screwed up.

teenager designed the immunity challenge that Jeff Probst screwed up.
The word scramble immunity challenge that found the contestants rearranging the letters in Survivor Pearl Islands to form new words was devised by a 14-year-old. Still, Jeff Probst managed to screw it up. He declared Burton the winner even though Burton misspelled liaison. The challenge’s creator wasn’t there to supervise, though; in fact, she had no idea it was being used until she saw it on TV. That’s because she’s 14. After Kylie Cusick told challenge designer John Kirhoffer that she could create a challenge, he told her to go for it, and offered $100 (cheap bastard) if her challenge was used. For her efforts, “she received a package including tiles from the game, the original tree mail, and, of course, that $100 bill,” Entertainment Weekly reports.

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.