Sekou wasn’t familiar with Survivor before CBS called to recruit him

The first person to be voted off Survivor Cook Islands, Sekou Bunch, says that when he was recruited for the show, “he initially only viewed it as another acting gig,” according to the Calgary Sun.

Sekou is one of the three confirmed actors on the series, and tells the paper, “I just got through shooting the movie Dreamgirls and … I got this call. When they told me I had a one in 20 chance of making a million dollars, I thought, for seven weeks, it’s not a bad deal.” (Incidentally, Dreamgirls also stars American Idol 3‘s Jennifer Hudson.)

But he wasn’t familiar with the show. “If American Idol wanted me to go on, I’d say, ‘Wow, this is big,” but I didn’t realize (Survivor) was this big until the controversy came out. I was really stoked,” he says.

Like any good actor, he wants his one episode of fame to fuel his career. “I hope I get a larger audience to listen to my music — I think that may have happened already — and it will open me up to possible more film deals,” he said.

Booted ‘Survivor’ upset about loss [Calgary Sun]

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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