Survivor Samoa’s older cast “lost a couple of people to evacuations,” Probst says

The larger cast on Survivor Samoa may have not affected the game, as host Jeff Probst suggested in a recent interview that two were evacuated.

In a post-filming interview with IGN, he said, “We lost a couple of people to evacuations.” The interviewer didn’t follow up, so we don’t have any other details. But those are presumably for medical reasons (and having rehearsed one of the challenges, I wouldn’t be surprised if that challenge caused a major injury of some kind).

Meanwhile, while the casts may not be getting more diverse in terms of their ethnicity or cities–the Los Angeles area is home for nine of the 20–they are getting slightly older, although the average age actually went down last season, probably thanks to Spencer and no Gillian. Here are the cast members’ ages, average age, and median:

Gabon (average age: 32.8, median: 29)
22, 22, 24, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 29, 29, 29, 29
47, 49

Tocantins (average age: 31.8, median: 29)
23, 24, 24, 26, 26, 26, 29, 29
30, 31, 37, 37
46, 49

Samoa (average age: 33.3, median: 31)
22, 23, 25, 25, 25, 26, 26, 28, 29, 28
33, 33, 33, 36, 38, 39
42, 45, 48

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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