Survivor will air a PSA for Philippines relief

CBS will air a Red Cross PSA featuring Jeff Probst after Survivor on Wednesday, asking viewers to donate to relief efforts in the Philippines after Friday’s devastating typhoon. The country has hosted this year’s and last year’s four seasons of the series.

The typhoon was likely the strongest storm ever recorded, and it killed many and destroyed parts of the Philippines this past weekend. At the end of October, a different typhoon hit the island where this year’s seasons were filmed; on Monday, another tropical storm hit the country. So much has been destroyed that relief efforts have been challenging and survivors are desperate for help.

EW’s Dalton Ross reports that “Probst is recording a Red Cross PSA for victims of Typhoon Haiyan that will air immediately after Wednesday’s episode of Survivor and direct people to the Red Cross to donate.” In addition, Probst and former cast members such as “Lisa Whelchel, John Cochran, Malcolm Freberg, Phillip Sheppard, and Jonathan Penner will be participating in a CBS television stations – Red Cross fundraiser for victims of Typhoon Haiyan that will be taking place on CBS-owned TV stations in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Sacramento on Wednesday.”

You can donate directly to the Philippine Red Cross or to other relief efforts.

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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