Ace, Dan voted off Survivor Gabon

Survivor Gabon aired its first double-elimination episode last night, forcing both the perennially lame Fang and strong Kota to vote someone off. Gone were Kota’s Dan Kay and Fang’s Ace Gordon.

I liked both Dan and Ace pre-season, although Dan quickly crumbled even during the first episode, and Ace played up his evil persona way too much to be consistently likable. Dan’s insecurity led to his downfall, while Sugar was the power player in her tribe, holding two hidden immunity idols (one of which was given to her by Marcus, who won the first individual immunity challenge) and the swing vote. She turned against her former ally Ace when Kenny made a move and convinced her that Matty and Ace weren’t her biggest fans.

If you have questions for either Dan or Ace about their game play or Survivor experience, e.mail them to me, and I’ll ask when I talk to them sometime late next week. (Ditto for future eliminated cast members, as I’ll talk to everyone unless they’re boring.)

Perhaps the most surprising moment of the whole night came at the end, when Sugar voted for Ace by writing, apparently, “Acehole,” although everything after the word “Ace” was obscured by the FUCB, the Fun Unnecessary CBS Blur.

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.