Survivor Nicaragua cast photo released, minus faces, plus a preview of Tribal Council

As part of the surprising amount of information being released pre-season, CBS sent the media a photo of Survivor Nicaragua‘s cast. Because the network has yet to release their names and identities, which are already online, the photo is cleverly obscured with an important promotional message:

S21 cast

In addition, at CBS’ day of press tour–the gathering of TV critics and journalists where networks present their new shows via press conferences with stars and producers–there are napkins with QR codes, scannable square bar codes. I spotted a Jeff Probst napkin (yes, that’s a weird phrase to write), and scanning it (using a reader app) gave a URL to this video, which includes footage of the new Survivor Nicaragua Tribal Council and a very special message from Probst that mirrors the one in the photo above.

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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