Burnett: “I didn’t think about” why no black men were Survivor All-Stars.

Burnett: “I didn’t think about” why no black men were Survivor All-Stars.
The nearly all-white cast of Survivor All-Stars has the series’ black male contestants asking why none of them were included. As TV Guide points out, “the only contestants of color were two women–Alicia Calaway and Shii Ann Huang.” Rob Mariano’s friend on Survivor Marquesas Sean Rector says, “There were a lot of politics involved. A lot of people aren’t talking about that, but the black people that did the show are very aware of that. It sets a real bad precedent.” Gervase Peterson is less conspiratorial, asking, “But are you trying to tell me that one black dude wasn’t good enough to be on Survivor: All-Stars?” Mark Burnett says that he “didn’t think about it.” He says he was close to casting Sean, but overall, he says, “I don’t cast by color. I just cast who I thought were the best. I will tell you — nothing to do with color.”

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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