How two Survivor Dream Teamers got their jobs

It’s been five years since a behind-the-scenes video Jeff Probst filmed on location with Survivor China revealed what it was like to be a member of the Dream Team. They’re the production assistant crew members who help construct challenges, act as stand-ins for the contestants during helicopter shots of the challenges, and, most importantly, test the show’s challenges.

Interest in becoming a Dream Team member remains high, with people often e.mailing me to ask how to apply (don’t do that). There is no formal procedure, and many Dream Teamers are local (to the production’s location) and/or have connections to the producers or previous Dream Team members. But many have found their way to the Dream Team through persistence and effort, and two of those people are now working as PAs on Jeff Probst’s talk show.

In a “backstage bonus” video on The Jeff Probst Show’s web site, Keetin Marchi and Zach Sundelius describe how they became Survivor crew members before getting their current jobs: Zach stalked crew members on Facebook and created a Twitter account that got the attention of an unnamed Survivor blogger who helped get him in touch with the crew (not me; don’t e.mail me), while Keetin created a cleverly edited video of herself being interviewed by Jeff Probst, using footage from Tribal Councils.

Watch the video for their full stories.

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.

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.