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Posts from: October 2014

How The Chair is trying to prevent a popularity contest for its $250,000 prize

Besides being an exceptional documentary reality series (and if you are not watching, fix that immediately), Starz’ The Chair also a contest. The two directors, Shane Dawson and Anna Martemucci, are competing for $250,000, and voting is open until 12:59 p.m. Sunday. So how do you have a fair competition between a director with 6,515 YouTube fans and one with 6,223,453? Or …

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Best Shark Tank strategy: “We’re going to pass on that question”

Last week’s Shark Tank ended with the start of a pitch from Jimmy Kimmel and his sidekick Guillermo for their horse pants business/concept. The conclusion aired on Jimmy Kimmel Live earlier this week, and it ended up being a funny stunt rather than just annoying cross-promotion because their pitch mocked other bad pitches. Actually, their …

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For a bag of rice, Jeff Probst bleeds a tribe, and Survivor, dry

This Survivor San Juan Del Sur episode was full of frustrating behavior, from Coyopa bungling the immunity challenge to Hunapu trading nearly every single thing in their camp to Jeff Probst for a bag of rice so they wouldn’t go hungry. On Survivor. Where people usually lose a lot of weight and forage for food. And have …

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Time for a Face Off facelift, but please keep Lois Burwell

Face Off ended its seventh season last night, and the finale had hints of next season’s twist: three past winners returned to work with the finalists. Alas, that didn’t work, at least not as television; there was no real reason for them to be there, and their contributions mostly faded away. I hope the coach twist …

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Juan Pablo and Nikki split; Big Brother to China; TAR’s routes; MasterChef turtle beheading

News about reality TV show cast members The Bachelor couple Juan Pablo Galavis and Nikki Ferrell have broken up, which was first noticed as a result of social media unfollows. Someone “close to the couple” (read: close to Nikki) told People that Juan Pablo had a “disregard” for her feelings. Kyle Chrisley said his dad, …

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Two Survivors competing in The Price is Right’s male model search

Two of the 30 finalists on The Price is Right’s Male Model Search are former Survivor contestants. Survivor Philippines‘ Pete Yurkowski and Survivor One World‘s Jay Byars are competing, though Pete only appeared for about a half second in the first episode, as part of a montage of contestants. Jay, who won the Price is …

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