This week: Amazing Race’s life-changing decision, Survivor’s camp surprise, Sarah Palin

And just like that, half of November is gone. What? Here’s a look at next week and back at last week, when the big news was the 25th anniversary release of every Golden Girls episode in a box shaped like Sophia’s purse.

The Past: last week’s most-read stories

  1. Amazing Race’s missing task: there never was a speed bump for Nick and Vicki
  2. Donald Trump finally fires David after trying to out him
  3. Gay porn star cast on Real World Las Vegas
  4. Why Survivor Trump confronts lying Annad over cheating, forgets how much he hates Khloe Kardashian
  5. MTV apologizes for Jersey Shore reunion “tranny” mocking

The Forward: what to look for this week

  • Sunday, Nov. 14
    Sarah Palin’s Alaska-themed but Sarah Palin-focused reality series, Sarah Palin’s Alaska, debuts [TLC, 9 p.m.] with an episode titled “Mama Grizzly.” A preview made people laugh, but will the series be any good as reality TV alone? Earlier, on The Amazing Race, [CBS, 8 p.m. if we're lucky] the episode listing says that “one Racer makes an important decision that will impact their team beyond the finish line and for the rest of their lives.” That’s a lot of consequence for one decision!
  • Monday, Nov. 15
    It’s the semi-finals on Dancing with the Stars 11 [ABC, 8 p.m.], which means this show is almost over, but of course they’ve found a way to stretch it to 90 minutes. Still, one more week! Annie Lennox and Enrique Iglesias perform on the results show; will they mangle their own songs as much as the in-house band would? That’d be funny.
  • Tuesday, Nov. 16
    On his last Tuesday episode, Mike Rowe works as a lightning rod installer on Dirty Jobs [Discovery, 9 p.m.]. The show then moves to Sundays at 9, in addition to its many repeats throughout the week.
  • Wednesday, Nov. 17
    Top Chef Just Desserts [Bravo, 10 p.m.] ends its awesome first season with a good final three: the attractive, talented chef who started strong, became inconsistent, and then stumbled badly (Yigit); the unlikely finalist, who was in the bottom group more than anyone else this season but who pulled out a win when it mattered most (Danielle); and the asshole (Morgan).
  • Earlier, Top Model [The CW, 8 p.m.] is down to its final four, and as they’re narrowed to the final two, the girls will meet with Vogue Italia’s editor, Franca Sozzani, who’s also the guest judge for the episode, since the winner gets to appear in her magazine. And on Survivor Nicaragua [CBS, 8 p.m.], the preview revealed the tribe was surprised b something, and if you don’t want to be surprised, read about it here.

  • Thursday, Nov. 11
    Just in case you thought TLC might someday do something original again, the network reminds you that’s not the case by debuting Pawn Queens [TLC, 10 p.m.]. It’s a series that follows the staff of a pawn shop that caters primarily to women. Oh, twist.

Survivor San Juan Del Sur's dark cloud is lifted

John Rocker

In its third episode, Survivor San Juan Del Sur improved significantly as John Rocker faced off against an Amazing Race villain. But the Exile Island reward challenge remains a drag on the series.


Why Dick Donato left Big Brother 13

Dick Donato

The Big Brother villain known as "Evel Dick" has finally revealed why he left the show during its 13th season: he learned he was HIV positive.

Also: Dick claims he had no choice but to leave the game.

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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.