Lost’s surprise ending: Jeff Probst and his snuffer

After the profoundly moving and/or frustrating and/or stupid and/or predictable ending to Lost, its showrunners and cast members paid homage to the reality show that inspired the series, and to some of TV’s other famous finales.

In three alternate endings that aired during Jimmy Kimmel Live, executive producers, writers, and media manipulators Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse made fun of themselves and the show as the cast acted out three other possible endings to the show. The first was my favorite:

Jeff Probst may be insufferable in EW, but he’s proven to be exceptional at self-deprecation. The whole exchange is hilarious: “I’m Jeff Probst. Hello?” “You’ve got to be kidding me.” And then the kicker, a nod to Lost fans frustrated with the show’s treatment of Michael: “Where have you been?” Well-played all around.

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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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.