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Posts from: August 2015

Billionaire will give $1 million to charity if more people watch his reality show

Billionaire Tim Draper, the founder of Draper University and one of the stars of ABC Family’s Startup U, is offering $1 million to charity if 1 million people watch the show this week. Draper wrote on Facebook: Tell all your friends to watch StartupU Tuesday at 10:00 on ABC Family. I will give away $1 million to charities …

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In Alaska, President Obama will film an episode of an NBC reality series

While he’s in Alaska for the next three days, President Barack Obama will film an episode of Running Wild with Bear Grylls that will air later this year. This is the first time a sitting United States president will appear as a participant on a reality series, and comes six years after he told kids …

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Todrick Hall returns to TV, showing how his viral videos come to life

Five years ago, Todrick Hall was a finalist on American Idol who made it to the top 16 before being eliminated. Since then, many of the videos he writes, choreographs, and performs in have been watched well over 10 million times—including his safety information video for Virgin America, which features performances and work by a …

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How a TV show may disrupt elephant poaching

What do a 2012 viral video, ivory carvings, terrorism, and investigative journalism have in common? They all come together in Warlords of Ivory, the first episode of the relaunch of National Geographic’s Explorer. In the one-hour episode, which premieres Sunday at 8 p.m. ET, National Geographic magazine chief correspondent and special investigations unit founder Bryan …

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The average age of a Survivor player, and how that’s changed

A few weeks ago, I analyzed the ages of all Big Brother houseguests over 17 seasons, to see if CBS’ summer reality competition was getting younger. Now, it’s time to do the same for contestants on Survivor, which has aired two seasons a year since 2000. reality blurred Survivor age correspondent Clark Wilcox ran the …

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