Top Shot finally returns with an all-star season

History’s great competition series Top Shot will finally return after more than a year off the air: its first-ever all-star season will debut May 29.

The 16 returning contestants won’t be split into teams and will compete in a new, unexplained challenge called “The Proving Ground.” They’ll compete for $100,000 and a special edition Tahoe Q5i Speedboat.

The new season, hosted by Colby Donaldson, will feature the first four winners–Iain Harrison, Chris Reed, Dustin Ellerman, and Chris Cheng–in unspecified roles, will also take part in the All-Star season.

Season four ended exactly one year ago today, and though Colby tweeted last October that production had concluded, and again reassured fans in January, its status has been unclear, with no word from the History Channel until today.

Here are the cast members followed by a preview of season five:

  • Adam Benson, season 1
  • Alex Charvat, season 3
  • Blake Miguez, season 1
  • Brian Zins, season 2
  • Chee Kwan, season 4
  • Chris Cerino, season 1
  • Gabby Franco, season 4
  • Gary Quensenberry, season 3
  • Greg Littlejohn, season 4
  • Jamie Franks, season 2
  • Joe Serafini, season 2
  • Kelly Bachand, season 1
  • Kyle Sumpter, season 4
  • Peter Palma, season 1
  • Phil Morden, season 3
  • William Bethards, season 4

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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