Final all-star Amazing Race teams “were only allowed to go on one flight,” Mirna says

The final equalizer on the final episode of The Amazing Race 11 wasn’t accidental. Instead, the teams were bunched up intentionally, making most of the final hour’s challenges absolutely worthless in terms of determining the outcome.

The teams all boarded the same flight from Hawaii to Oakland, and that wasn’t a coincidence, according to one cast member. Mirna Hindoyan tells Reality TV World that teams “were only allowed to go one [sic] one flight [to San Francisco from Hawaii]… Basically it’s a producer-controlled flight that all three teams had to be on.”

Thus, as she points out, the entire race came down to “a matter of being at the taxi stands to get the best taxi” in San Francisco. She said that she and her cousin Charla Baklayan Faddoul’s “taxi driver had no idea where anything in San Francisco was.” Thus, they came in third, having arrived at the final challenge right as Eric and Danielle “were finishing up.”

In other finale news, Mirna says (Charla was kind of quiet) that the editors cut out the final Roadblock, which was obvious when they read their first clue. She said, “I had to jump off a cliff, which was really exhilarating. … It was a free fall without any harness or anything off a cliff in Hawaii.”

Mirna also says that, in Malaysia, her team “shared a hotel room [with Oswald and Danny] and got to watch” the finale of The Amazing Race 10. So while they were competing in the 11th race, they were watching the 10th on television, just like all of us.

INTERVIEW: Charla and Mirna dish about being ‘Amazing’ underdogs [Reality TV World]

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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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.