Gauntlet 2 challenge falls apart

On this week’s episode of The Gauntlet 2, there was no orgy-esque challenge–well, except for the oil-covered guys wrestling in the sand. Anyway, there was an alliance conflict on the rookie’s team, which was too pointless to even summarize, but the episode really stood out for being an example of outstanding reality TV challenge craftsmanship and planning.

During a strength-based challenge, the teams had to push large, quasi-geodesic spheres across a field. As the veterans pushed their giant ball, it broke into a dozen pieces of plywood and 2x4s, probably all with nails jutting out. Host/moron TJ called this “bad luck,” but really, it was just crap-ass construction on the part of the producers.

Next, the teams had to fill a flatbed truck with bricks, and then just two people had to push the truck–full of bricks, all of their teammates–to the other side of the field. Once full of people nad bricks, however, neither truck moved, because apparently no one thought about actually testing this to see if it was possible.

So, in the best tradition of the Challenge, producers pulled something out of their ass and had TJ change the rules before the four people pushing the trucks developed hernias. He told two more people to help push, and that worked–although not for the veterans, because Ace “I’ve been driving a stick shift my whole life” Amerson forgot to push down the clutch.

Episode 8 [MTV]

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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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.