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.

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.