Parvati Shallow will travel Around the World for Free, disses Big Brother

Survivor Micronesia winner and Survivor Heroes vs. Villains runner-up Parvati Shallow will travel around the world on CBS’ web series Around the World for Free, which starts July 5.

The series starred Big Brother‘s Jeff Schroeder last summer (read my interview with him, or watch his 69 episodes). Before CBS acquired the format, the show aired online and on WGN, and starred Amazing Race 2 winner Alex Boylan.

Parvati told EW’s Dalton Ross that “this is my dream come true from the day I was born,” and insists “I’m moving in a new direction and I’m pretty much closing the book on Survivor, but I’m taking those lessons that I learned from that experience with me as I move forward and take on this new challenge.”

Her season will be more challenging than Jeff’s, Parvati said, calling it “much more focused on adventure, culture, meeting people in more remote places. I know Jeff kind of trekked around big cities, and I want to be in the jungle, in more uncomfortable places where people aren’t given all the comforts that we have in America. I want to experience life.”

In addition to that subtle dig, Parvati also criticized Big Brother: “I never watched Jeff on Big Brother. Big Brother to me, I find it to be a little less than exciting,” she said.

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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