Russell Hantz and Dick Donato on Amazing Race? Oh no

Survivor spoiler Russell Hantz suggested last night that he’s training for The Amazing Race with Big Brother star “Evel Dick” Donato. This is, we hope and pray to whatever gods we can find to pray to, a terrible joke, although it’s not like The Amazing Race can get any worse.

The two interact on- and offline (reality stars are inducted into an incestuous fraternity after their show airs), and Russell actually first mentioned this possibility back in November. But it was his late Monday tweet that inspired excitement (from masochistic people who hate their lives) and horror (from people with brains). He wrote, “Good workout today need to get ready for me and my boy @EvelDick on amazing race @CBS”

Although it basically says they are training to be on the show, tagging CBS at the end of the tweet seems to be a giveaway that this is a dream rather than reality: it’s asking for attention from the network rather than stating a fact CBS probably wouldn’t be that thrilled with a future cast member saying publicly. Then again, it’s not like CBS cares what Russell Hantz does.

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.