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Discover the forgotten world beneath us in just three episodes

As the director of the National Museum of Natural History rappels down vertical rock in the Grand Canyon, in 100-degree heat, he pauses, dangling by a rope. As he talks about the “ancient landscape frozen in time,” a crack rapidly moves up the face of the canyon, the canyon rumbles, and a large slice of it slides out. …

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Audrey Middleton on her Big Brother experience, four months later

Audrey Middleton was on Big Brother 17 for only 14 episodes before being eliminated during the fourth week of game play, but she left a significant mark. From her candid discussion of gender identity and her transition to her odd behavior—culminating in a meme-worthy blanket and sunglasses outfit—she was a stand-out character. So what is it like now, about four months …

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Panic after substitute teacher shows Naked and Afraid to second graders

As WINK TV anchor Chris Cifatte explained to viewers who’d tuned in to watch the news last week, they were about to watch “a troubling WINK News exclusive.” Anchor Amanda Hall called it “stunning.” Other media outlets have picked up the story and reprinted versions of it. What was so stunning, troubling, and newsworthy? Cifatte explained …

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How ego can screw up a reality show’s casting

In reality television, casting is everything. Yes, there must be a solid format, and the edit must tell a good story. But in a genre that has real people as its characters and derives its drama from their honest reactions, finding a cast is critically important—and challenging. Casting directors/producers take on the bulk of that work, and among their many, many …

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Amazing Race’s social media start stumbles with shout-outs

The Amazing Race 28’s “starting line live stream event” began more than an hour late, and wasn’t actually filmed at the start line. Instead, it was a stop along the first leg, in Mexico City, where host Phil Keoghan stood next to a clue box containing instructions about their first detour—and where teams interrupted their race to …

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Savage twists and turns give Survivor Cambodia its best episode

Episode eight of Survivor Cambodia: Second Chance was a near-perfect episode before Jeff Probst went to tally the votes. The impending result, Kelley Wentworth’s exit, was going to be disappointing, but the back-and-forth of the strategy that led to that point was a fun ride. Like a roller coaster, it was thrilling while it lasted, even …

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