Stars Earn Stripes cast member shot and killed

A cast member on NBC’s Stars Earn Stripes was shot to death at a gun range in Texas on Saturday.

Chris Kyle was the author of American Sniper and a former Navy SEAL who was one of the eight operatives on the Mark Burnett-produced reality series. He worked with Dean Cain, who placed third.

His company, Craft International, issued a press release that said he and “his trusted friend, Chad Littlefield, were tragically killed on Saturday, February 2, 2013, by a troubled veteran whom they were trying to help.” That veteran, Eddie Ray Routh, was arrested and charged with two counts of capital murder, the AP reports.

Chris Kyle’s NBC bio said his “expert marksmanship during his four tours of duty earned him the nickname ‘The Devil of Ramadi’ from the Iraqi insurgent forces.” Here’s a clip from the show that includes him:

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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