Survivor’s social media takeover: weird

As part of CBS’ “Social Sweep Week,” a reference to November’s status as a month when TV ratings are used to make future decisions about advertising and programming, the network is letting casts and producers of its shows take over their official Facebook and Twitter accounts. The Amazing Race did this on Sunday, and today it’s Survivor‘s turn on its Facebook page and Twitter account.

The great thing about this is hearing directly from people involved–in this case, with the oldest and still one of the most-popular reality TV shows. The odd thing about this is it basically acknowledges that following the show on Facebook or Twitter means that we’re usually getting filtered, controlled information from publicists. And of course, we can just follow, say, Jeff Probst if we want to hear from him directly, instead of watching a special video in which he continues to try to get the atrocious phrase “interactive living room” to stick even while dropping a mild spoiler about tonight’s episode.

So far, the social media takeover consists of an oddly brief debate between Stephen Fishbach and Rob Cesternino about this season, and location photos from art director Jesse Jensen. Probst also promised comments from challenge producer John Kirhoffer later today.

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.