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Posts from: October 2015

More details about Terry Deitz’s Survivor exit, Danny Deitz’s health

In his exit interviews this week, Survivor Cambodia: Second Chance cast member Terry Deitz gave lots of details about what happened after he exited the game because of his son Danny’s health. From host and executive producer Jeff Probst breaking the news in the middle of the night—20 minutes after the show’s production office first got the call—to …

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Yes, this MasterChef Junior + Hell’s Kitchen mashup is brilliant

Perhaps the most remarkable thing about MasterChef Junior, besides the talent of its young contestants, is the warmth and encouragement that comes from Gordon Ramsay. That is surprising because it was a total shift from the persona he’d developed over years on Fox. On the repetitive Hell’s Kitchen and the now-cancelled Kitchen Nightmares, he’s a very different kind of chef …

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A real-life survival story bookends a chaotic Survivor

Survivor Cambodia: Second Chance opened and closed with a real-life survival story, one that involved Terry Deitz’s 16-year-old son Danny. Terry left the game after Jeff Probst woke him in the middle of the night with the dire news. Can you imagine getting on that boat in the dark? Knowing that there’s at least 24 hours of flying and …

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New cast member Shari Ventura on how Ghost Hunters works

Ghost Hunters will introduce a new team member next week: Shari Ventura, who joins the show in its 10th season as a guest investigator for three episodes that were all filmed late in 2014. Shari has known the Syfy series’ star, Jason Hawes, “for many years,” she told me. When Jason asked her to join the TAPS team for the show, …

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What Fear: Buried Alive really taught us

The scariest thing about Fear: Buried Alive may have been how difficult it is to produce compelling live television. Thanks to the unpredictability of real people, however, the special turned out to be a lot better—and less sensational—than I thought it would be. The first hour of the two-hour special was quite flat. Even putting people in coffins and …

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