Survivor Africa’s Carl needed a newspaper’s help to get his cable installed

If you think appearing on a reality show will make you more famous than you’d ever imagined you could be, think again.

Here’s an example: Carl Bilancione, who was the third person to be voted off of Survivor Africa, cannot get his cable installed. While you’d think he’d be able to throw his reality TV weight around to get the cable company to connect him, that wasn’t the case.

Instead, he had to write to a columnist at the Orlando Sentinel, writing, “This is Carl from Survivor: Africa. I only mention this because it was easier surviving Africa than surviving the incompetence and lack of service from Bright House Networks.”

Columnist Greg Dawson resolved the problem for him, although not without a little quasi-celebrity slam: “I figured anyone smart and resourceful enough to be chosen for Survivor would be able to wire his own house for cable, but I am honored to help.”

Not so Bright House: Workers failed to deliver cable service [Orlando Sentinel]

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.