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.

Review: Married at First Sight

Marriage At First Sight

In an era of Tinder and Grindr, instant acceptance or dismissal of a potential partner, or instant sex with another body, Married at First Sight offers the thrill of watching strangers deal with the very basics of relationships.

Beyond the headline-grabbing premise, the series has turned out to be a stripped-down, authentic exploration of something very interesting. Read the full review.

about the writer

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.