TJ Lavin has pneumonia but expected to make “a full recovery”

Challenge host T.J. Lavin is expected to recover from injuries he suffered last week that left him in a medically induced coma, although right now he has pneumonia.

Lavin’s friend Chas Aday told MTV News that “things are really improving … He’s breathing on his own. They’re just assisting him. The pneumonia’s getting better, but then they’re gonna try to get him off the tube either today or tomorrow.” He said doctors are “comfortable with the brain. They don’t see any brain damage, and they think he’s going to make a full recovery.”

At the conclusion of last night’s Challenge episode, after the trash that this show has devolved into, the show included a message to TJ from several cast members that was awkwardly scripted and delivered, but nice. In it, they say, “TJ, you’re always pushing us to our limits … encouraging us to hang in there … and now we want you to do the same.”

TJ Lavin Expected To Make A ‘Full Recovery,’ Pal Says [MTV News]

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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