Jamie leaves Unan1mous for “medical reasons” after the group outcasts Adam

Another contestant has left the Unan1mous bunker, although without causing a financial penalty. After a sick, sunglass-wearing Jamie said she wanted to quit, the host torso said, “But since you’re leaving for medical reasons beyond your control, the prize money will not be cut in half.”

In other words, we don’t want to cut the drama in half again so we’ll just change the rules again. Before she left, Jamie said, “I just want you all to stay true to yourself. No amount of money is worth uncompromising yourself, or lying, manipulating, or deceiving.”

Perhaps that’s why the producers were fine with letting her leave without penalizing the group: They didn’t want anyone getting all moral and ethical. And once Jamie left, some real strategizing and backstabbing started, culminating with Steve being outcast. At the first vote, Steve was one vote from winning $1.5 million; now he can’t win a cent. What an awesome game.

Yesterday, I reviewed the series for MSNBC.com, calling it “the most efficient reality series on television today.” It basically takes Big Brother‘s concept and compresses it, spending most of the time on the game. And as “the producers introduce a new, marvelously cruel twist every few minutes,” that makes the game into “a hard-to-predict joy ride to hell,” allowing us to “gaze into the blender that [the contestants] thought was a comfortable aquarium.”

‘Unan1mous’ is unpredictable joy ride to hell [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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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.