Danni Boatwright wins Survivor Guatemala

Danni Boatwright won Survivor Guatemala last night, beating Stephenie LaGrossa, whose second appearance on the show was far more lucrative than her first appearance. Steph made it to the final two and won $100,000, although she lost the respect of the jury.

Even though Danni was the underdog, outnumbered after the merge, she played well, encouraging Steph and Rafe to turn against their own alliance and winning the right immunity challenges, including the final endurance challenge.

Just like last season, we have no idea how many votes Danni received; Jeff Probst revealed just five, one for Steph and four for Danni. Presumably, that means that she won six, since otherwise Jeff would have showed more votes for Steph. Rafe voted for Steph after Danni took Steph to the final two instead of him, even though he’d stupidly released her from their alliance.

Almost as surprising as Danni’s win is that she “appeared in the 1992 Miss Teen USA Pageant and the 1996 Miss USA pageant and on ‘Star Search’ as a spokesmodel contestant,” as the AP reports.

Not in Kansas Anymore! [CBS]
‘Survivor’ finalists were consistent to the end [MSNBC]

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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