CBS previews Survivor Samoa and “the biggest Survivor villain ever”

Less than a month to go before the debut of Survivor Samoa on Sept. 17, CBS has started to air promos for the new season. Unlike the generic preview that aired at the end of last season and incorrectly connects Samoa to Treasure Island (Robert Louis Stevenson just lived and died there after he wrote the book), this shows the 20 contestants (not 18, as Probst said at the end of last season), part of a challenge, and promises “one of these castaways will become the biggest Survivor villain ever.”

The preview, below, aired during Big Brother last night. My favorite part: the zoom in on the island is to the wrong fucking island.

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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