Tom wins Survivor Palau; Ian gives up the final immunity challenge.

Tom wins Survivor Palau; Ian gives up the final immunity challenge.
New York firefighter Tom Westman won Survivor Palau with an apparently decisive victory over Katie Gallagher, who only received one vote (that we saw; Jeff didn’t read them all off). Jenn was, predictably, the first to go, although it was because she lost a tie-breaker at Tribal Council. Then Ian, the skinny idiot, gave up immunity (after hanging from a pole for nearly 12 hours) and made Tom promise to take Katie with him to the final two. Why? To regain their friendship and respect after a tense confrontation over their alliance and friendship the day before. Also surprising: During the reunion we learned that Coby adopted a baby and named it Janu (!).

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.

about the writer

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.