Jeff Probst confirms his contract is up; Survivor considers how to respond to Guatemala mudslides

Survivor host Jeff Probst confirmed that his contract expires at the end of the next season, correcting reports that suggested he would retire after this season.

So will he retire at the end of next season? Jeff offers a great non-answer answer, telling the AP, “There’s the inevitable point where you go, ‘Do I want to do other things?’ But … I’ll never have as good a job as ‘Survivor.'”

Meanwhile, producers are considering how or if Survivor Guatemala should “acknowledge on-air their host country’s suffering in the wake of devastating mudslides,” Variety reports. Hundreds are dead and as many as 1,500 might have been killed.

As Variety notes, “with the show shining a spotlight on the Central American country, a message or tag at the end of the show could help jumpstart relief efforts for the ailing nation — particularly as most news orgs focus on the earthquake devastation in Pakistan.”

Variety also reports that, in Guatemala, “there’s a dark joke making the rounds locally: ‘Everybody’s now a ‘Survivor’ in Guatemala.'”

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Inside Move: ‘Survivor’ carries torch for Guatemala [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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