Pirate Master will debut on Survivor’s 7th anniversary and fill Big Brother’s timeslot

Mark Burnett’s summer reality show Pirate Master, which filmed in the Caribbean in March, will debut exactly “seven years to the day that ‘Survivor’ first premiered on CBS,” Variety reports.

That’s May 31 at 8 p.m. ET, where it will occupy the timeslot normally reserved for Big Brother‘s results show. Variety says “it’s possible the net could be mulling a change in the ‘Brother’ air pattern.”

Mark Burnett tells TV Guide that the show is “a huge — and hard — adventure, with jumping off waterfalls, swimming up canyon lakes and crossing mud-filled jungles.” Its motto is “Watch your back,” and he says, “Pirates have their own rules, and while they need to work as a group on the expeditions, you never know who’s going to stab you in the back.”

TV Guide says that the eight men and eight women will “dress in period costumes, eat such yummy authentic food as gruel — the officers get better rations — and are ruled over by an elected captain who assigns roles to the crew members and can be overthrown if he doesn’t treat his crew well. … Each week at ‘Pirate’s Court’ — which are, according to Burnett, modeled after actual tribunals — a player is cast off the ship and set adrift on a raft.”

CBS, ‘Survivor’ go to China [Variety]
TV Guide Exclusive: A First Look at CBS’ Pirate Master [TV Guide]

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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