Petals on the Wind’s incestuous brother is super-religious Survivor cast member

Lifetime’s adaptation of V.C. Andrews’ book Petals on the Wind debuted last night, and one of the incestuous siblings is played by actor Wyatt Nash.

Wyatt Nash also happens to be Survivor Redemption Island cast member Matt Elrod, perhaps best known for being blindsided by Rob Mariano but going on to win 11 duels, and/for his religiosity, which he discussed frequently during the show. (At one point, he cried, “God has me here for a reason. God wanted me here.” Watch clips.)

Matt–who is pretty much unrecognizable, at least to me–is now using his middle name, Wyatt, and part of his hometown, Nashville, as his stage name. He told EW that he changed his name because “I kind of wanted to start at ground zero and really work my way to where I am now. I didn’t want to use [my experience on Survivor] as a leg up.”

In a different interview, “I didn’t like the incest part of it, but I like how the emotional trauama affected individuals in the family and how they carried that with them over 10 years.

The movie repeats tonight at 7 p.m. ET and tomorrow night at 8 p.m., among other times. Here’s a scene in which Wyatt/Matt’s character has sex with his sister, played by Rose McIver:

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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