Jeff Probst’s talk show cancelled

Jeff Probst may be a phenomenal bad-ass who stands on the top of crazy high rocks to create an epic opening to the reality show that he hosts and produces, but he was not successful as a talk show host: His show has been cancelled on the eve of an appearance by Survivor winner Ethan Zohn, but will finish out its first season.

The daytime talk show had a two-year order but it also had low ratings, and several staff members were laid off before Christmas. The show has averaged 968,000 viewers a day, compared to Ellen’s 3.7 million or Dr. Oz’s 4.2 million, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

CBS Television Distribution said in a statement that “Jeff is an incredible talent and that he and his dedicated producing team delivered quality episodes throughout the season. Unfortunately, the audience isn’t there to support a second year.” Jeff said in a statement,

“I’m super bummed but extremely proud. The truth is all shows come to an end — ours just ended a decade sooner than we had hoped.”

Former The Mole host Anderson Cooper’s show was cancelled last fall.

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.