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BattleBots will be back

Defying the ABC new summer reality series curse, BattleBots will return for a second season. Like its earlier incarnation, the series was fun in the form of metal destroying metal—and, yes, human ingenuity and skill. Casting begins soon, but ABC did not say when the show will return. But it did promise that season two will follow the same format except “the tournament will …

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The Survivor merge brings chaos and pouting

The best vote during the first post-merge Survivor Cambodia: Second Chance Tribal Council came from Ciera Eastin. It may not have been the smartest, and it may not bode well for her game, but her wait, what? vote for Andrew Savage was still the best vote. It was the best vote not just because it was for Savage, and …

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36 stories about reality TV shows and stars you may have missed

Time for another unpredictably semi-occasional list of reality TV news and stories you may have missed over the past couple of months. As always, please feel free to send links any time to news stories, videos, social media posts, or anything else you see that is reality TV related. I appreciate the contributions! Reality TV shows in the …

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MTV’s Challenge returns, borrowing a Survivor twist

After an eight-month break, MTV’s Challenge will return in early December for season 27 with a twist that’s straight out of Survivor: having cast members play with and against their relatives. The family members are only siblings or cousins, however—and it’s very cousin-heavy, with nine of the 14 teams comprised of cousin pairs. MTV is calling this The …

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The frustrations of Project Greenlight 4, cartoon edition

The return of Project Greenlight to HBO has offered two critical opportunities to observe Hollywood at work. The first, and rightfully the most-attention getting, is Hollywood’s problem with diversity. The second has been the shift in reality television. Resurrected after original star Chris Moore brought back the format with a twist, Project Greenlight is one of the all-time great formats, a guaranteed …

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Nature is trying to kill us, and these people are trying to stop it

Six Hollywood icons tell six stories of the scientists who are doing work that’s changing and saving lives. That’s National Geographic’s new series Breakthrough. It debuts tonight at 9 p.m. ET with Peter Berg’s “Fighting Pandemics,” though you can watch the entire premiere below right now. It’s part of NatGeo’s cross-platform promotion of its ambitious new series. (The network has also given me 10 one-year …

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