On How I Met Your Mother, Barney runs through reality TV elimination lines (video)

On last week’s episode of CBS’ How I Met Your Mother, Barney, the character played by Neil Patrick Harris, quickly ran down the exit lines from a bunch of different reality TV shows, and it’s fantastic. The writers covered the big shows, such as Jeff Probst’s Survivor send-off and Julie Chen’s Big Brother eviction notice. But there are also shows with cult followings, such as Work of Art and RuPaul’s Drag Race, and his monologue is up to date with its references, including Top Chef Just Desserts.

For many of the lines, Harris adopts the host’s demeanor, emphasizing, for example, Phil Keoghan’s accented “been” in “You have been eliminated from the race” to Padma Lakshmi’s low-key, breathy Top Chef “Please pack your knives and go.”

While the studio had a clip removed from YouTube–such a genius marketing move–the New York Post’s Popwrap blog grabbed it, so here it is:

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.

about the writer

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.