Michelle Rodriguez, YouTube winner joining Sea Shepherd on its next campaign

Animal Planet’s awesome Whale Wars has been unsurprisingly renewed, and among the volunteers on Sea Shepherd’s campaign in the Antarctic will be Lost and Avatar actor Michelle Rodriguez, in addition to the winner of a YouTube contest.

In a press release, the network said it had “signed on to follow the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society’s next whale defense campaign in Antarctica for a fourth season of the television series,” which starts in “Australia in December and is expected to run through the end of February.” The fourth season will debut in June, and will again be produced by The Lizard Trading Company.

For Operation No Compromise, Sea Shepherd is holding a contest to find a crew member; entrants 18 and older upload a video to YouTube, and those “will be judged for originality, humor, and creativity. These are traits we highly value in our volunteers,” according to the organization. Demonstrating that you can be passionate and committed but frequently incompetent under pressure would also show you’re ready to be a volunteer, though it might not help you win.

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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