Behind the scenes of Survivor Caramoan’s insane cold open

Survivor Caramoan debuts tonight with a strangely shortened 90-minute premiere, and as usual, it will feature a bunch of crazy returnees. Also as usual, it will begin with an epic shot of Jeff Probst delivering the series’ signature opening line: “39 days, 20 people, one Survivor.”

Those moments are always impressive cinematically and sometimes literally breathtaking, whether because Probst is dangling from a helicopter or because incredible, huge waves smashing through holes in rocks behind him, as they did in Samoa.

For tonight’s cold open, Probst will be on top of a narrow column of rocks, and he’s posted a behind-the-scenes video to show how he found his way there.

Helicopter pilot Ken Gray drops Probst off onto a two-foot-wide space on top of an insanely tall rock where a crew member, Mark James, is already waiting with what’s described as a leash. They’re obviously incredible professionals who do phenomenal work–James especially, as he apparently climbed up and down the rock.

This video is terrifying and proves one thing: Jeff Probst is a fucking bad ass host who’s completely in his own league.

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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