Outdoor Life will air Survivor repeats, while GSN will likely air Amazing Race repeats.

Two cable networks have secured the syndication rights for CBS’ powerhouse reality shows, Survivor and The Amazing Race.

Variety reports that “Comcast-owned Outdoor Life Network is expected to announce today that it has landed all 10 existing seasons (some 160 episodes) of ‘Survivor.'” And the Game Show Network, or GSN, “is in final negotiations to pick up cable rights to all seven seasons of ‘The Amazing Race.'” Variety notes that both networks are struggling somewhat, and could use help from the two reality shows, even though “reality has a history of underperforming in repeats.”

An official announcement about Outdoor Life’s pick-up of Survivor should come today; episodes will begin airing June 24. Variety notes that “several cablers expressed interest in the off-net rights,” and Mediaweek identifies one: “early speculation had Survivor finding a cable home at the new Fox Reality Channel.” But as Variety reports, “While King World handled the distribution deal, Burnett already has friendly relations with some OLN execs via their previous collaboration on Burnett’s USA Network skeinskein ‘Eco-Challenge.'”

Cable pair game for Eye’s reality reruns [Variety]

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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