Survivor Palau’s Jenn Lyon has died

Fourth-place Survivor Palau cast member Jenn Lyon died yesterday. She was 37, and is the first of Survivor‘s 301 cast members to die.

Cast members revealed the news and mourned her loss on Facebook and Twitter. Anthony Robinson wrote, “Jenn Lyon passed away this evening. The world is a bit diminished, and denied one of the most beautiful smiles ever to grace Survivor.” Eliza Orlins wrote, “2/27/72-1/19/10 Jenn Lyon brought more good to this world in her almost 38 years than most will in a lifetime. Jenn, I’ll miss you. R.I.P.”

Jenn was diagnosed with stage three breast cancer in 2005, and wrote about her “radical bilateral mastectomy” and other treatment. A year ago, a fan made a video that compiled footage of her on the show, set to sad music:

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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