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Deadliest Catch trailer: “people think we’re out there taking risks for fucking cameras: that’s bullshit”

Discovery’s great documentary series Deadliest Catch returns for its ninth season April 16, and the network has released a long preview/trailer for the season that summarizes what happens on the show–and what makes the show so compelling. In it, Wizard captain Keith Colburn sums up its authenticity, which is a large part of its appeal, …

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Does Splash have the worst judges ever?

Reality TV show competition judges can be frustrating. Sometimes judges don’t do a good job of identifying their criteria, or explaining what they’re seeing/tasting, or exploring what they value and what they don’t. That’s part of what makes reality competition shows entertaining, agreeing or disagreeing with the judges, whether it’s questioning their taste or bemoaning …

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French Survivor doctor kills himself, blaming media coverage of contestant’s death

The doctor on France’s version of Survivor, Koh-Lanta, has committed suicide, blaming the media for its coverage of a contestant’s death just over a week earlier. Dr. Thierry Costa wrote in his suicide note that “my name has been sullied in the media” and cited “unfair accusations.” Gerald Babin, 25, had a heart attack and …

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