Phil Keoghan reports from earthquake-damaged Christchurch

The Amazing Race host Phil Keoghan is from New Zealand, and grew up near Christchurch, the city hit hard by an earthquake one week ago. More than 150 people died, and that earthquake followed another large one last fall.

Phil returned to Christchurch after the earthquake and produced this report for CBS’ Early Show (which misspelled his last name as “Koeghan” on-screen, and in a second genius move, disabled embedding but not the obnoxious advertisement on the YouTube version–why wouldn’t you want people to share this video?).

In it, he says that the best thing people can do is go to New Zealand. He says that the earthquake affected “a very, very small part of New Zealand” and “we just can’t afford a second hit of people who stop coming to this country.” So, go buy a plane ticket.

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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