Survivor Cook Islands debuts tonight

Just over three weeks after CBS revealed its controversial twist, Survivor Cook Islands finally debuts tonight at 8 p.m. ET.

The good news about this is that now we can stop talking in hypotheticals and start praising or criticizing the show for what it actually is: a 13-week publicity tour for some wannabe actors.

Also, now Jeff Probst can stop embarrassing himself. Last week, he talked to reporters, and as Lisa de Moraes’ entertaining column explains, Probst said things like white people are “mutts” who “don’t have any ethnicity to hang on to,” while Asians “don’t necessarily get along. This is stuff maybe I should know.”

Survivor Cook Islands [CBS]

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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