Survivor Nicaragua’s cast of overwhelmingly white fogies, kids officially announced

CBS officially announced the cast of Survivor Nicaragua today, a bit earlier than usual, perhaps because the cast members’ names have been public for some time now–especially former Cowboys coach Jimmy Johnson, who almost appeared on an earlier season.

The 20-person cast is divided into old, ancient people over the age of 40, and young, virile people under the age of 30. Those of us in our 30s have no representation. Following an apparent trend for CBS series, it’s also overwhelmingly white.

Here are the two tribes and their CBS-identified professions, which, as we’ve seen in the past, don’t always mention what they’re best known for (Brenda’s past as a Dolphins cheerleader isn’t listed, nor does this mention that Kelly’s a triathlete):

Espada (wrinkled fogies)

  • Jill Behm, 43, ER doctor
  • Jane Bright, 56, dog trainer
  • Tyrone Davis, 42, fire captain
  • Wendy DeSmidt-Kohloff, 48, goat rancher
  • Holly Hoffman, 44, swim coach
  • Jimmy Johnson, 67, sports broadcaster
  • Dan Lembo, 63, real estate executive
  • Marty Piombo, 48, technology executive
  • Yve Rojas, 41, homemaker
  • James “Jimmy T” Tarantino, 48, fisherman

La Flor (little kids)

  • Jud Birza, 21, student
  • Kelly Bruno, 25, medical student
  • Shannon Elkins, 30, pest control company owner
  • Ben “Benry” Henry, 24, club promoter
  • Matthew “Sash” Lenahan, 30, real estate broker
  • Brenda Lowe, 27, paddleboard company owner
  • NaOnka Mixon, 27, physical education teacher
  • Chase Rice, 24, pro race car jackman
  • Kelly Shinn, 20, nursing student
  • Alina Wilson, 23, art student

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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