GM drops Survivor sponsorship, but not because of race twist

After sponsoring Survivor for its first 12 seasons, GM has dropped its sponsorship of the show.

That their sponsorship was dropped before the most controversial season yet is “just a coincidence” and “not cause and effect,” GM spokeswoman Ryndee S. Carney told the AP.

Instead, it apparently took them 12 seasons to figure out that it’s not exactly organic to have a GM vehicle drive across the sand on an island only accessible by boat. They wanted more integration, but “[t]here’s a limited number of possibilities as to how you can integrate a car or truck in a show that people spend their whole time on an island,” she said.

In fact, the AP reports that “the company made the decision in the normal course of making its media buys months ago, before the show made its recent announcement.”

GM Withdraws CBS’ ‘Survivor’ Sponsorship [AP]

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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