Strange talk show promo introduces us to Jeff Probst

Survivor host Jeff Probst’s talk show debuts this fall, and there’s a new teaser promo that introduces us to its star, as if he was somehow unfamiliar. Even more oddly, it does that only using adjectives such as “upbeat,” “energetic,” “relaxed,” “well-traveled,” and “off the wall,” barely including Jeff at all.

I don’t really get it, and it seems to do a pretty bad job of what should be pretty easy: selling Jeff Probst as a charismatic, engaging, and smart television personality. There’s at least 12 years of footage to use as evidence, because even if he sometimes frustrates Survivor viewers, Jeff is unquestionably excellent at what he does. I understand that they might want to avoid the connection to the reality show altogether, so as to attract a daytime audience, but still. This? Yikes.

Survivor San Juan Del Sur's dark cloud is lifted

John Rocker

In its third episode, Survivor San Juan Del Sur improved significantly as John Rocker faced off against an Amazing Race villain. But the Exile Island reward challenge remains a drag on the series.


Why Dick Donato left Big Brother 13

Dick Donato

The Big Brother villain known as "Evel Dick" has finally revealed why he left the show during its 13th season: he learned he was HIV positive.

Also: Dick claims he had no choice but to leave the game.

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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.