Jeff Probst’s most difficult decision: “what color of blue shirt to wear” for Tribal Council

Survivor China debuted last night, and CBS has posted the final behind-the-scenes video from the set. This one follows Jeff Probst during a single day, starting as he wakes up at 5:38. He drops off his laundry (“free laundry service”), eats, takes a boat to the challenge, and makes a difficult decision: “what color of blue shirt to wear” for Tribal Council, which is shot at 6:30, at dusk.

He also visits a “white board meeting,” where senior producer David explains that the plan the production of the challenge and “lay it out like it’s a football game.” At a challenge rehearsal, he encounters “a bit of a controversy … because one of the Dream Teamers has figured out what the answer to the puzzle is, so now she can’t participate.” “I figured it out and now they won’t let me play,” Dream Teamer Lindsay says.

Jeff Probst also shows us his ID badge, which is coded CC (challenges), TC (Tribal Council), and P (“Ponderosa, which is where the survivors go once they are voted out”). And at an actual challenge, which is not shown, Jeff says that “challenges are designed to stimulate reality,” and that something happened. “By the time you see it, you’ll know what I’m talking about,” he says. Here’s a typical day for Jeff on set:

A Day in the Life of Jeff Probst [YouTube]

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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