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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Six Degrees with Mike Rowe, which is now on Discovery Channel after premiering on Discovery+, has the host of Dirty Jobs explaining how his show “is sponsored by the oil and natural gas industry.”
I love watching Shark Tank for its mini-infomercials about products I sometimes buy, as gifts or for myself. But one of those products has infected neighborhoods across the country: Amazon’s Ring, which was pitched on Shark Tank by Jamie Siminoff as DoorBot.
“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.
The contract Live PD—which is being relaunched in 2022 as On Patrol: Live—has with law enforcement reveals the show’s tape delay, gives police power prevent filming or stop footage from airing, and much more.
Reality TV shows, from Cops—which is still on the air, and about to premiere its 33rd season—to Live PD, need to change to stop contributing to systemic racism. Will they?
The show will still be a competition, but USA says it’ll focus on “wellness” instead of weight loss—the same change Weight Watchers made last fall.