Richard Hatch staying in prison, maybe until Oct. 26

Today, a judge denied Richard Hatch’s request to be returned to home confinement after the Survivor winner was sent back to jail after talking to the media without permission.

He may be there longer than he would have been before: “The judge also said prison officials can discipline Hatch by taking away nine days of good time” so “he won’t get out until Oct. 16,” The AP reports.

The ACLU supported Hatch’s request to be released, arguing he was re-imprisoned as punishment for exercising his right to free speech, and today spokesperson Christopher Ott said, “We understood that there might be valid security concerns when you’re talking about a prison facility where you can’t have the media coming in, but that’s not the case when you’re dealing with someone in home confinement.”

‘Survivor’ winner Hatch to stay in jail for now [AP]

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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