Shane says he gave up acting in 1998

Last week, Shane Powers was stabbed in the back by his own alliance, and the sometimes psychotic Survivor Panama contestant we loved to hate joined the jury.

In his requisite TV Guide interview, Shane addresses his behavior and the big question: As an actor, is he just a plant? He says that his acting career actually came up during casting, although he says he “gave it up in 1998. … That whole life has been over for me. If there was something that was clever and witty that I could have control over, and there was a lot of money involved, I’m definitely interested. But that’s not why I went on Survivor,” he says.

In the rest of the interview, Shane comes across as remarkably intelligent and insightful. “I’m sure there’s a huge section of America that would never get me, and even though they may not get who I am, as a result of how I went out on the show, they can at least relate to my integrity and my keeping my word,” he says.

He doesn’t do much, however, to clear up any creepiness people feel about his relationship with his son. “We’re like brothers, except I get to tell him what to do. It’s the most amazing scenario ever for me,” Shane says.

Survivor’s Shane Smoked by Betrayal [TV Guide]

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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