CBS again spoils a reality show, revealing the injury Probst calls his “scariest moment” ever

Every network is desperate for people to watch their shows, but in its apparent desperation to get us to tune in, CBS is pretty much making sure actually watching is almost pointless–and I am not talking about its obnoxious insistence on scheduling four prime-time hours on Sundays when they don’t even have three sometimes because of football. Instead, I’m referring to the way it is giving away major plot points in previews.

For the second time in just over a week, the network has teased a big reality show moment in one preview, and then totally given away what happens in another. Earlier, Zev and Justin’s passport problem was revealed in an Amazing Race promo.

Now, a major event in this week’s episode of Survivor Samoa has been spoiled. It’s one thing to tease that there’s a scary injury next week. It’s another to tell us who gets hurt. And yet another to show the events leading up to that. And another to show it actually happening. And another to show us the aftermath. But that’s exactly what this CBS promo does: it shows pretty much everything. When you add that to the fact that Probst told us two people are medically evacuated, we now know who will leave the game Thursday.

Don’t watch this or keep reading if you don’t want to know (duh):

And if you think the person actually died or was otherwise critically injured, which is about the only mystery that remains, think again: Russell Swan is posting to his Facebook fan page regularly, revealed the cause of his injury (dehydration) on Twitter, and is also making fun of not being dead.

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about the writer

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.