On Survivor’s 15th anniversary, here are 15 of the things we love best from the CBS show’s 30 seasons so far.
Archives for May 2015
Hell’s Kitchen, Gordon Ramsay’s first Fox show, debuted 10 years ago today, on May 30, 2005. It’s now in its 14th season and has aired more than 200 episodes, and outlived Ramsay’s other show, Kitchen Nightmares, which ended last year… continue reading
Hoarders has often been accused of sensationalizing and/or exploiting its subjects and their mental illness. I think the opposite is true, and I’ve long championed it and defended it, writing about it extensively, because it was strong reality television and… continue reading
There’s a new Funny or Die video with actors playing Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar who respond to the scandal related to their son’s molestation of his sisters. Although the impressions of the Duggars are on-point, and though there are… continue reading
Let’s not pretend: Fox’s Bullseye is Fear Factor. It looks like Fear Factor, with the same southern California desert locations. It has the same prize, $50,000. It has the same episodic structure, with people being eliminated after each of three… continue reading
America’s Got Talent started its 10th season last night, and in its first four hours, had what I think is its strongest, most watchable start yet. From its judges’ chemistry–Howard Stern, Howie Mandel, Heidi Klum, and Mel B work exceptionally… continue reading
On Tuesday, ABC’s senior vice president for alternative programming, Rob Mills, invited comedian Amy Schumer to be the next The Bachelorette. She accepted. Seriously, just look: . @Millsy11374 Here I come!! #bachelorette pic.twitter.com/tgA1Pzm4oL — Amy Schumer (@amyschumer) May 26, 2015… continue reading
Andy Dehnart reviews CBS’ The Briefcase, the series that gives financially struggling families money and uses it to generate conflict and drama.
NBC continued its obsession with Bear Grylls by debuting his latest series last night: The Island. The show has aired two seasons in the UK, and doesn’t exactly break new ground. Actually, the first episode was very reminiscent of two better… continue reading
Over the long weekend, there were several developments in the story of Josh Duggar’s molestation of his sisters and the family’s reaction to it. The Duggars’ TLC series, 19 Kids and Counting, remains off the air but has not been… continue reading
It’s that time of year when Television Critics Association members get to nominate shows for our annual awards, and thus time for me to offer recommendations/beg my fellow critics to please nominate reality television that represents the peak of what… continue reading
TLC has pulled 19 Kids and Counting off its schedule but not cancelled the series after its stars, the Duggars, admitted their oldest son, Josh, molested younger girls when he was a teenager. When the family learned of it, they… continue reading
Survivor‘s 32nd season is returning to the brain/beauty/brawn format, and its cast includes another former Big Brother cast member (Hayden was the first) and a former NBA player. The 32nd season already filmed from March through May, though it will… continue reading
19 Kids and Counting star Josh Duggar, 27, molested five underage girls when he was a teenager, including his sisters, according to a police report. The family knew but didn’t go to police, who only investigated after Oprah’s staff went… continue reading
At the very end of an incredibly dramatic and overly rushed Survivor Worlds Apart live finale and reunion, Jeff Probst told viewers, “Thank you for your loyalty, even when you don’t like everyone.” You’re welcome, Jeff Probst. And thank you… continue reading