Behind the scenes with Wipeout’s version of Survivor’s Dream Team: the Black and Blue Crew

Survivor‘s Dream Team, the group of crew members who test challenges and work for the show’s challenge department, has been an endless source of fascination. (Watch this video for an introduction to them, and read my account of facing off against them in a challenge.)

Wipeout has a similar group, and they’re known as the Black and Blue Crew. ABC has started to profile them in a series of webisodes. They’re introduced in the first video, which includes behind-the-scenes footage that shows them testing obstacles and reveals what’s outside of the view of the camera, including the people who squirt or throw things at contestants as they run through the qualifier.

In this episode, they test obstacles and act as “test dummies,” but also do things like rescue contestants trapped underwater:

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.