Combat Missions’ Scott Helvenston one of the civilian contractors killed in Iraq.

Combat Missions’ Scott Helvenston one of the civilian contractors killed in Iraq.
One of the four civilian American contractors killed and mutilated in an Iraq town last week was Combat Missions‘ Scott Helvenston. In addition to being a member of Delta squad on the show, he was a Navy SEAL and stuntman/trainer for movies such as “G.I. Jane.” “It’s not only horrible when someone dies who you know and respect, but in the way it happened, it makes you sick,” producer Mark Burnett told the AP. One of Helvenston’s friends from the show, William Nissen, says “Scotty was one of those few people you only meet once in a lifetime,” Nissen said. “He stood out from the rest with his athletic ability, his personal drive, his personal motivation.” He was 38; he is survived by his wife and two children.

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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