Chip and Kim win The Amazing Race 5.

Chip and Kim win The Amazing Race 5.
On the finale of The Amazing Race 5, it seemed as thought it would come down to good versus evil. But in the end, those two teams self-destructed and left married couple Chip and Kim McAllister to win the race. After the first hour and second-to-last leg, Colin and Christie were in third place, but Colin’s pact with Satan and his physical strength helping them pass by Linda and Karen, who were eliminated. As Phil pointed out, the bowling moms were the first all-female team to make it past the 10th leg of the race in its five-year history. After the next detour, Chip and Kim were far, far behind–even though Nicole had a completely breakdown while trying to, um, ride a bicycle–but that ultimately helped them book a better flight. The early flight the other two teams were on was delayed, and while the other two teams almost caught up, their decision to check bags to reduce what they had to carry, plus FAA rules about checked baggage, left them about 10 minutes behind. Although Colin arranged for a car service, whose driver did that obnoxious drive-on-the-shoulder thing in busy traffic, Chip and Kim held the lead and crossed the finish line first in a Dallas, Texas, park. Ultimately, abusive, dysfunctional relationships scored a point as Christie insisted that “there is nobody in the world I would rather spend my life with” than Colin. (Colin used his time on The Early Show this morning to propose to Christie, saying he was edited to be a psycho and that they actually have a great relationship.) And while we found out during Survivor Marquesas that God is primarily committed to helping people win reality TV shows (genocide, war, and hurricanes must be bor-ring for Him after all these millennia, so He, too, is enraptured by reality television), He apparently wasn’t rooting for Brandon and Nicole. As Nicole said during their final taxi ride, “It’s in the Lord’s hands,” and they lost.

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.