WWE’s Ashley Massaro joins Survivor China cast

A WWE wrestler was recruited to join the cast of Survivor China, according to reports.

“CBS contacted WWE and asked them to send them someone that would make a good television character,” ProWrestling.com reports, citing the Wrestling Observer Newsletter. “With WWE already being low on male talent, it was obvious that they would send a diva. Vince McMahon and Kevin Dunn both felt pretty strong about giving Ashley the role, especially Dunn.”

Ashley Massaro’s storyline recently included a suspension, and the site reports that “Ashley is not expected back on WWE television until the end of the year and that is why she was ‘suspended’ from SmackDown.”

Production on this next season of Survivor has apparently not yet started, at least as of last week. The application for this season said that “[f]ilming is presently scheduled to occur sometime between June-August 2007,” but last Wednesday, Ashley posted to her MySpace blog, writing, “I’m sorry I’ve been so MIA. And now this. Things have been more crazy than ever and gettign suspended is just the icing on the cake. I promise I’ll write again soon when I can. I moved to NC. With my family. Last week.”

Details On Ashley Massaro Leaving WWE For Survivor [ProWrestling.com]

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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