Survivor casting at open calls.

Survivor is shaking things up a bit and making a number of stops around the country to cast for season 12 of the show. For the most part, the series tends to cast through individuals sending video tapes–and whenever its casting director finds an obnoxious asshole at a bus stop. But now, over the next week, casting directors are visiting cities from Gainesville, Fla., to Saginaw, Mich.

Regular, mail-in applications are due June 17, with in-person interviews taking place in August for about 800 people, followed by semi-final auditions in September. The 12th season will be shot between October and December, according to the application.

Survivor open casting call schedule and application [CBS]

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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