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Posts from: September 2015

Why Jeff Probst quit Survivor in 2009

Jeff Probst revealed that he quit Survivor sometime in 2009, calling the 17th season, Survivor Gabon, the show’s low point. But that wasn’t the reason why he quit—before, of course, coming back. This revelation comes in a New York Times article about the show’s longevity and consistency in ratings: it always wins the 8 to …

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Meet Hotel Impossible’s alcoholism intervention hero, Joe Schrank

Hotel Impossible‘s biggest challenge on Tuesday’s episode, “Hershey Addiction,” was not bed bugs, mold, or a decaying property. Instead, it was alcoholism. A general manager’s addiction found its way into online reviews and was clearly affecting both his 91-year-old mother, who founded The Simmons Motel in Hershey, Penn., and his son. The star of the …

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How David Vanacore’s music came to dominate reality TV

One man has worked on hundreds of reality shows. His name doesn’t always appear in the credits, but his work is more immediately noticeable than many of the other people whose names fly by. It sets the mood, highlights a moment, and often helps to establish the voice of a show. He’s also no longer …

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Why there will be protests at Ink Master’s live finale

There are protests planned for the Oct. 13 live Ink Master season six finale in New York City as part of the ongoing quest to unionize reality show television workers. The Writers Guild of America, East, has taken its complaints with Ink Master producer Original Media to the show’s network.  Today, the union announced that …

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Peih-Gee smuggled flint and more onto Survivor

In one of the most infamous accusations in Survivor history, Jeff Probst said Richard Hatch smuggled matches in his anus during Survivor All-Stars, which Hatch denied when I asked him about it. Probst said that incident led to pre-game strip searches of the cast. Whatever kind of searches take place now—and production does search the …

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As always, Big Brother’s jury picked a man over a woman

Though the motto of Big Brother is to “expect the unexpected,” throughout its 17 seasons on the air, one thing remains resoundingly constant. That is, when a man and a woman are the remaining final two houseguests and have to face off in front of the jury, the man always wins the money. Like its …

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