Final three spoiler for Survivor Philippines in National Enquirer

One of the members of Survivor Philippines‘ final three has been identified by the National Enquirer, which revealed that in a story last week. (I don’t read the Enquirer because I’m too busy reading Weekly World News to find out about bat boy and other things happening in Florida. And you should stop reading now if you don’t want to know who the Enquirer identifies.)

The gossip tabloid says in its story that it “has learned” the person “made the final three in the cutthroat competition.” There are, of course, no details about how they learned this or why we should believe it, just an anonymous “source.”

Rant: I am so sick of the media identifying anonymous sources as “a source.” No kidding! That’s redundant and useless information, so either identify the person generically (“a family member”) or just say “a person.” We know they’re a source; that’s why you’re quoting them.

Anyway, the National Enquirer’s story lets that detail drop in its second paragraph of its story on Lisa Whelchel, which later quotes that anonymous person as saying, “Lisa has watched every episode of ‘Survivor.’ She called on her knowledge of the show to scheme her way into this season’s final three.”

Based on the way the editing has shifted in her favor, I wouldn’t be surprised to see that. But this is very little information.

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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