Cook Islands confirmed for next Survivor, will feature another Exile Island

At the conclusion of Survivor Panama, Jeff Probst confirmed what we already knew: the next season will be filmed in the South Pacific region known as the Cook Islands.

Jeff Probst said the next season would debut “this fall,” but offered little about any twists. He did say, however, that the twist introduced during the 12th season will survive: Exile Island. Perhaps because the hidden immunity idol was never played in the most dramatic way possible, or perhaps just because it’s fun to throw someone away for a few days, Jeff said that “Exile Island will return with new twists.”

Right before he signed off, Jeff noted that he’d see us next season, adding, “we always appreciate your loyal support.” If Donald Trump had said that, it would have seemed a lot more desperate, but since he’s Jeff Probst, it just came across as an acknowledgment of the audience that keeps the show number one in its time slot, even if it is no longer a top 10 contender.

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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