stupid local news station reports on Survivor Vanuatu’s “dangerous conditions.”

stupid local news station reports on Survivor Vanuatu’s “dangerous conditions.”
Not that we needed a reason to make the people who work on local news stations wear scarlet As for “asshat,” but here comes more evidence that they’re working overtime to freak us out with useless non-news. CBS News 5 in Phoenix, KPHO, reports on, and I quote, “some scoop on the upcoming season” of Survivor Vanuatu, which debuts Sept. 16. While that sounds like they actually have some real news to report, they instead say that “contestants may be in for the most dangerous conditions ever seen on the show.” Is there an outbreak of typhoid fever? A radiocative lizard roaming around? Not quite. Here’s the shocking news: “The Islands of Vanuatu are mostly un-inhabited. They are full of active volcanos. And if that’s not enough–they’re rumbling with earthquakes. The latest one measured 5.7 on the Richter scale.” Where were they when we needed to know that the Pearl Islands were surrounded on all sides by water, which is the substance people are very likely to drown in!

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.