Survivor renewed for two more seasons with Jeff Probst as host

CBS has officially renewed Survivor and re-hired its host Jeff Probst for two more seasons. That means the show will continue through next spring, its 18th season.

The 17th season has been casting since last year, and “[f]ilming is presently scheduled to occur in late June- mid-August 2008,” according to the application.

In a press-release-like quote included in The Hollywood Reporter’s story on the renewal, CBS exec Ghen Maynard said, “It is truly a remarkable feat to be winning your time period in all ratings categories after 15 editions. The show’s success is testimony to the creativity and passion of Mark, Jeff and the entire production team and to a brilliant concept that continually introduces new casts and settings, making each season feel like a new series.”

About his return, Jeff Probst said, “I still get excited to get on the plane and travel to another exotic location with another group of adventure-seeking, type-A personalities. It is without question the best job I’ve ever had.”

CBS renews ‘Survivor’ [Hollywood Reporter]

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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