Foa Foa’s failure may end with merge

On Survivor Samoa, Foa Foa lost. Again. The preview showing Russell talking with Laura was a fake out: He didn’t go to her tribe, she came to his when Galu won reward and Foa Foa lost again. And then again, sending Liz home, finally. Over on Galu, Shambo was elected leader, although she has no idea that she’s the men’s pawn, which is simultaneously depressing and fantastic (gotta love Erik’s line about her being so deep in his pocket she’s down there with the lint).

The preview showed the merge feast next week, so unless it’s a fake merge–which I really wish they’d do again–Foa Foa will be over after losing eight out of 10 challenges for what Jeff Probst said was “one of the worst overall performances of any tribe in the history of the game.” And maybe this season will pick up from its mid-season doldrums. Even Russell isn’t interesting any more when he does his villain shtick. Next.

A CBS press release says that next week, “the outnumbered Foa Foa tribe devises a strategy that will allow them to make quick alliances with some of Galu’s strongest players,” but it also says that “an unexpected master manipulator emerges.” Who could that be? Who’d be unexpected? Brett?

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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