Survivor is casting for season 43, even as it seems less and less likely that a season could air this fall, as Jeff Probst said the production is not ready to return to Fiji.
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Racism on Survivor started during casting with a question from Jeff Probst and Mark Burnett and ended with racial slurs being used at Ponderosa, according to Black Survivor players.
Dirk said he was on Survivor “to have a great time,” but then God voted him off the island. Meanwhile, both challenges on Survivor Borneo episode 5 were left up to individuals—and one continued to perpetuate a stereotype.
ABC and Warner Bros. promised “significant changes” to address The Bachelor franchise’s problems with diversity. I asked them what’s changed for Clare Crawley’s season of Bachelorette.
Cannonball, which is being previewed on NBC before airing on USA Network, looks like it should be the next Wipeout or Floor is Lava. It’s not.
The start of viewer-selected Chopped marathons, a preview of Cannonball, and two Everest documentaries are among the unscripted TV premieres this week.
HBO Max’s Karma mimics Big Brother’s game, except without giving its players a chance to save themselves except by random chance. It’s a waste of a beautiful location and a terrific cast, who make the show compelling even when the game design fails them.
This collection of recommended reads and listens includes a discussion tonight between Black Survivor cast members. Plus: the Heroes vs. Villains Ponderosa band that nearly led to a jury mutiny.
In Survivor: Borneo episode four, Richard Hatch suggests creating alliances, but The Tagi Four alliance is born first between Kelly and Sue.
Carla Hall is one of the three food god judges on Crazy Delicious, which has a Willy Wonka-ish set but in tone and approach, is much more like The Great British Baking Show.
There’s good and bad news from Fiji about season 41. Also: Jeff Probst seems tired of trying “really hard to try to reinvent the show every single” season. I have an idea!
Big Brother may not be premiering this week, as it would in a normal year, but there are other summer shows coming, including The CW’s Penn & Teller: Fool Us, Netflix’s Crazy Delicious, and TBS’s Celebrity Show-Off.
Comedians face off in a bracketed competition that’ll be judged by viewers in TBS’s new competition Tournament of Laughs, which
Netflix’s Floor is Lava is visually stunning, with its set of gurgling lava slime, but it needs better narration, like Ryan Reynolds’ Deadpool-style narration on ABC’s new game show Don’t.
A few documentaries and reality series I found to be illuminating, insightful, and informative about race in America—and that are free to watch for everyone right now.