Deleted scene reveals why Cochran switched tribes on Survivor

Cochran is getting a lot of criticism today for his decision to flip to the other tribe’s alliance on Survivor South Pacific, because it seems like he’s gone from the number six spot in one alliance to the number seven in another. But the editors left out a key scene that makes his decision seem a lot more rational. It also reveals that he’s probably being played.

The clip starts with a conversation between Coach and Albert, which apparently occurred after Coach’s conversation with Cochran. Coach tells Albert that if they “make him think that he is now on the inside of the tribe … I’m 100 percent sure that it’ll happen.” Coach encourages Albert to propose including Cochran in an alliance of Albert, Sophie, and Coach.

Albert makes that offer, although it’s worth noting that he doesn’t explicitly say that it’s a guaranteed final four deal. But that’s what the implication is (“if you get in on our side”) and also what Cochran takes away from it. “Now I’m being offered a potential final four spot … I think going with Upolu is the way to go,” he tells the camera during an interview.

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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