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Posts from: November 2015

The surprises of ABC’s Great Holiday Baking Show

When I learned that ABC was planning a baking competition with Mary Berry as a judge, I did not expect that what would end up on television is The Great British Bake-Off. But The Great Holiday Baking Show really is that. As some kind of holiday miracle, the show and format have not been Americanized; The Great Holiday Baking Show is almost exactly the original …

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Thanks, Survivor, for two perfect Thanksgiving episodes

“Like Selling Your Soul to the Devil” and “My Wheels Are Spinning,” episodes 10 and 11 of Survivor Cambodia: Second Chance, were two of the best complete episodes in the show’s history. The effects of playing a physical and strategic game in the elements; a variety of challenges; raw comedy; game play that was complicated but followable; big, …

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On Thanksgiving, a reality TV sensation arrives in the U.S.

An international reality TV sensation arrives in the United States on Thanksgiving day. For five hours—five! 10 if you count the immediate repeat—tomorrow, you can experience slow TV, watching a train travel 500 miles through Alaska on Railroad Alaska: Real Time Train Ride. Real Time Train Ride airs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. ET, and then again …

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Why Bindi Irwin will win Dancing with the Stars

There have been moments all season that illustrate why Bindi Irwin should win Dancing with the Stars 21. But she really won the competition with her freestyle dance toward the end of Monday night’s performance episode. If she doesn’t win, it’ll be a surprise. And Bindi Irwin has still walked away with this season, and locked …

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Is mysterious Badlands, Texas, the next great reality series?

Terlingua, Texas, is 200 miles from “a major anything,” one person says during the first episode of National Geographic’s Badlands, Texas. Like so many other remote locations, it is now, ironically enough, the subject of a reality TV series. I’ve only seen episode one of the show, which has received practically no promotion, but what …

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