Amazing Race’s Nancy Hoyt has died

Nancy Hoyt, who formed part of the first parent-child team on The Amazing Race‘s first season with her daughter Emily, has died. She was 56.

She died Thursday from ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease), according to a Waco Tribune obituary. It notes that Nancy “would have celebrated her 35th wedding anniversary next month to her soul mate, John,” and also discusses her volunteer work and the fact that she “loved to travel and visited 34 different countries throughout the course of her life, many of them multiple times.” It adds that “Nancy’s love of travel was not just about seeing highlights, but about understanding the people and their culture.”

The obituary asks people to donate to the ALS Association of South Texas or Planned Parenthood of Central Texas instead of sending flowers. Her funeral is being held Monday.

Nancy and Emily came in fifth place after taking a 24-hour penalty for skipping a detour task. The Amazing Race Wiki lists Nancy and Emily’s accomplishments during the first season of the race, which is on DVD if you want to relive her time on national television.

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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