Are there any gay Survivor Panama cast members?

What good are the biographies that CBS and other networks post online of their cast weeks or months before the shows debut? Can we really get to know the cast enough to pick favorites and identify villains before the show ever airs? Or are the bios just there to facilitate guesswork about who’s gay and who’s not?

The Malcontent’s Matt engages in such guesswork with the cast of Survivor Panama, analyzing why each male “might be gay.” Why even try to guess? As he admirably admits while discussing cast member Nick, it’s “Because we really, really want him to be” gay.

Perhaps most surprisingly, his analysis finds two men who cite “lavender” in their favorites: one as their favorite scent (Aras), and one as their favorite flower (Shane). The most likely candidate, though, is Austin, who is a “pretty boy” and a “model and actor, and “is currently ‘single’ and has a beauty-pageant sister.”

But nothing beats the analysis of Terry, who gets a two-word analysis about why he might not be straight: “That shirt.”

The Malcontent’s “Survivor 12 Gaydar Challenge” [The Malcontent]

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.