A recap of Big Brother’s recap episode

At first, I thought last night’s Big Brother 14 was going to be good: it started with Ian pacing and Danielle confronting Dan about his avalanche of lies and use of her as his strategic punching bag. In the Diary Room, her makeup and tears were streaked down her face and all over her shirt. Start with this, end with one, maybe two of the final HOH competitions? Bring it on.

And then the producers stuck it to us, like Dan promising Danielle a puppy and instead giving her a dead squirrel head. (Apologies: I found one of those in my yard this morning, so it’s kind of on my mind.) Eating brunch around a new, tiny dining room table, they had forced reflection on this season as if they were The Golden Girls, except just not funny or entertaining or charming or anything. I could not fast-forward fast enough.

At least Survivor has had the good sense to pre-announce these waste-of-time episodes and schedule them when fewer people will be watching, like the day before Thanksgiving. This is the penultimate episode, and now we have to get through everything (most of which has already been taped, incidentally) in a 90-minute quasi-live episode? Ugh.

Anyway, here’s a recap of everything interesting and useful about the recap episode:

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.