Production on Rob Mariano’s new reality series shut down when he lost his hat

Survivor Redemption Island winner Rob Mariano filmed his new History Channel series Around the World in 80 Ways for 10 weeks starting right after the finale of the CBS show, but production had to stop when he lot his hat.

“The hat fell off while I was on a speedboat in Dubai — into the Persian Gulf — and production shut down for a day and a half so we could get another one shipped in,” Rob told The Boston Globe‘s Sarah Rodman.

The show follows Rob and Grave Digger creator Dennis Anderson as they travel around the world using different forms of transportation, but the catch is they can only use each type of transportation once. Clips of the show shown to TV critics last week make the show look good–it’s produced by Deadliest Catch producer Thom Beers–and Rob and Dennis have surprisingly great chemistry together for people who didn’t meet until they filmed a brief test pilot, which was shot after the season premiere of Survivor. I’ll have more from my interview with them when the series premieres, but it looks like a fun series.

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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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.