Mark Burnett says “maybe that taboo (of race) could disappear through” Survivor Cook Islands

Survivor executive producer Mark Burnett is responding to reaction about the 13th season’s casting. He told the New York Times, “I know it’s going to be controversial. I’m not an idiot.”

He’s a bit more diplomatic with Variety. “Maybe that taboo (of race) could disappear through this,” he said. Perhaps, and if that works, maybe Survivor 14 can cast people from the Middle East and solve all of those centuries-old problems in just 39 days. In just a few more seasons, there will be world peace.

Burnett also said that the show only has one actor, which we know is not true. Sure, there’s only one person who’s identified in their CBS bio as an actor, but that doesn’t mean the others who have extensive acting resumes are not actors, just like saying someone is from Malibu doesn’t change the fact that they live in LA.

Variety also talks to representatives of the NAACP and the Media Action Network for Asian Americans, both of whom are skeptical but say they are waiting to see the first episode before judging the twist.

Newest ‘Survivor’ adds racy twist [Variety]
‘Survivor’ to Divide Teams Along Racial Lines [New York Times]

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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