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]

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Ben Folds

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Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.