Charla, Mirna eliminated from the race.

Charla, Mirna eliminated from the race.
Cousins Charla Faddoul and Mirna Hindoyan, who have been credited by some with helping to increase The Amazing Race 5‘s popularity, were eliminated from the race last night. A fateful decision to try for an earlier flight that ended up being delayed kept them in the back of the pack, and they never caught up. Editors and producers faked us out big time by removing all references to a possible elimination, fueling living room speculation that this was, in fact, a non-elimination round. Alas, Phil was phorced to Philiminate them. Charla talked about trying to show other people what she’s capable of: “I just wanted to prove to the world how much I can do, and it’s not easy when there’s…always people thinking you can’t do it and you have to work extra hard to do it…[but] you have to do it. You have to accomplish your dreams.” Her speech left her, Mirna, and even the usually unflappable Phil all in tears.

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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