Next week: Survivor Samoa ends and Christmas brings marathons of A Christmas Story, Dirty Jobs, Supernanny, and more

Hanukkah is coming to an end and Christmas is a week away, and TV is settling into its winter nap. I, for one, welcome the break, because 2010 brings Idol and a whole lot more.

The Past

The Forward

  • Sunday, Dec. 20
    Survivor Samoa takes three hours to conclude [CBS, 8 p.m.], an episode that includes a live reunion following Jeff Probst’s live vote reading. Although it was cheesy, I miss the days when they attempted a seamless transition from Tribal Council to the studio set. Also tonight: Sex Rehab with Dr. Drew concludes [VH1, 10 p.m.], and the first footage of Kendra Wilkinson’s baby Hank Baskett IV will be part of the special Kendra: Here Comes the Baby [E!, 9 p.m.]. What must one’s life be like to have a camera crew standing by as you give birth?
  • Monday, Dec. 21
    The Nick Lachey-hosted a capella singing competition The Sing Off concludes just a week after it began [NBC, 8 p.m.].
  • Wednesday, Dec. 23
    Mega-Tsunami: Five Years Later, a documentary about the 2004 tsunami that uses only amateur video footage, debuts tonight [TLC, 8 p.m.]. Also, Dog the Bounty Hunter airs a special one-hour episode [A&E, 9 p.m.] called “The Hunt for Santa” that A&E says is “a very special holiday hunt full of surprises” that he sets out on because his son doesn’t believe in Santa. Please don’t let him tackle and tase Santa Clause.
  • Thursday, Dec. 24
    On Christmas Eve, there’s a Deadliest Catch marathon all day [Discovery, 9 a.m. to 3 a.m.], and if the kids are going crazy, make them watch a marathon of Supernanny [Style, 6 a.m. to 3 a.m.] to see what’ll happen if they’re bad: a British woman and a camera crew will invade the house to punish them. The fat white man with coal was so last century. At the end of the day, the marathon of the best Christmas movie ever, A Christmas Story, starts its 24-hour run [TNT, 8 p.m.].
  • Friday, Dec. 25
    Christmas Day brings the rest of TNT’s 12 airings of A Christmas Story, and another present in the form of a Mythbusters marathon [Discovery, 9 a.m. to 3 a.m.]. Also, there’s a Clean House marathon [Style, 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.].
  • Saturday, Dec. 26
    Instead of returning the crap people bought you that you don’t want, stay home and watch Dirty Jobs all day [Discovery, 9 a.m. to 3 a.m.]

The Quest ends its journey stronger than it began

Verlox from The Quest

A review of the finale of summer's best reality series, which wasn't always perfect but was thoroughly entertaining right down to the finish, which included phenomenal challenges and special effects. Will ABC give it a second season?

Plus: an interview with the actor who played Verlox and the ogre.


Shark Tank is getting a spin-off

Shark Tank

Companies that get deals on the show will be followed for this new spin-off.

Also: Before the show began, Shark Barbara Corcoran was cast and then replaced--but then she sent this amazing e-mail and won the job.

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.