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The very best of reality blurred’s reality TV coverage, including reporting, reviews, and essays published since the year 2000.

Survivor Borneo recaps, reviews, and episode analysis

This collection of my Survivor Borneo recaps explores the strategy, challenges, and events of CBS’s Survivor season one, which introduced us to Richard Hatch, Sue Hawk, Rudy Boesch, Kelly Wiglesworth, Gervase Peterson, Colleen Haskell, and the other players in a game that changed television forever.

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Survivor: The Australian Outback recaps, reviews, and episode analysis

This collection of my Survivor: The Australian Outback recaps explores the strategy, challenges, and events of CBS’s Survivor season two, which introduced us to Tina Wesson, Colby Donaldson, Jerri Manthey, Elisabeth Filarski, Amber Brkich, Mike Skupin, Rodger Bingham, Alicia Calaway, Kimmi Kappenberg, and other members of the Ogakor and Kucha tribes.

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Shark Week and Sharkfest’s experts are mostly white men. Why? And does it matter?

“To say that there aren’t women in shark science is utterly ridiculous,” a Black female marine biologist told me. So I asked both Discovery’s Shark Week and National Geographic’s Sharkfest why they focused on white male shark scientists in their marketing and casting.

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