How can I describe "Get Out Alive with Bear Grylls"? Imagine "The Amazing Race" without the travel (with the exception of the ten teams of two landing on a rugged piece of New Zealand wilderness). Then, a twist: teams compete against one another sometimes and work together as a group other times. Add in inspirational backstories for the teammates, a "Survivor"-esque elimination, "Bizarre Foods"-worthy snacks (fish eyeballs, anyone?) and pee drinking. Yes, pee drinking.
More camping than "Survivor," this show is a muddy mess
It's a magical week on Madeira Island until one bachelor is sent home
Hometowns are next week! You know why I know that? Because this is repeated by someone every two minutes throughout this episode of "The Bachelorette." Still, I can understand why everyone is beating this particular drum. The hometowns are considered pivotal in this franchise, and for good reason. Getting the family stamp of approval is not only key, but not getting it is pretty much what sent Des packing in Sean's "Bachelor" season. No one can forget her asshat brother Nate picking a fight with Sean, and as we learn in the promo for next week, no one has been able to successfully lock him away in a kennel until this season is over. I'm not sure if getting cut this week is a more merciful plight than facing Nate, but never mind. The bachelors and Des are on the beautiful Portuguese Madeira Island, and all is well for at least a moment.
He tells NatGeo why his trade is like 'finding gold'
She'll join FOX Sports broadcaster Erin Andrews at the judges' table
Jan and Kim D. spread a nasty rumor about Melissa
In theory, all should be calm among the New Jersey housewives. Teresa has pitched almost everyone on the idea of going on some sort of healing retreat so she and her brother Joe can stop throwing things at one another, so now is the time for Bikram yoga and soothing herbal teas and meditation, right? Stop laughing! Come on, I can't hear myself think over all that cackling.
Sookie makes a discovery, Bill doesn't, and Sam is on the run
While this week's episode of "True Blood" wasn't quite as gripping as last week's, the good news is that storylines were moved forward, Jason determined he wasn't gay (like that was ever a question for anyone but him), and crucial details were revealed. More importantly, though this episode was definitely about laying down groundwork for the future instead of big blow-ups, I think (or at least hope) that what we know thus far indicates some mighty challenges and emotional turmoil ahead if the odds are ever in our favor (or the writers don't dodge some potentially tricky material). Spoilers ahead, so stop reading right about... now if you haven't seen it.
No clothes, no food, no water, no shoes - and no escape
When I heard the premise of "Naked & Afraid" (Sun. at 10:00 p.m. on Discovery), I thought it was just an extreme take on "Survivor." Each week, two people (a man and a woman) are shipped off to an exotic locale. Once there, they strip down, meet one another for the first time, and try to survive without food, water, tools, fire or anything useful (with the exception of one personal item each) for 21 days. Sort of like Adam and Eve if there were no apples, the snakes were poisonous and the Garden of Eden was filled with thorns and hungry hyenas.
It's been a busy week, so get all your reality news here, now
Welcome to Reality TV Roundup -- a quick look at some of the reality TV-centric stories that have recently popped up across the fine, old Interwebs. Click away, my couch potato friends. But before you do...
SPOILER ALERT! SPOILER ALERT! SPOILER ALERT! One more time: SPOILER ALERT. If you watch any competition shows, the latest elimination for each show is probably revealed in the text below. The hope is that, if you missed this week's program and would rather clear out your DVR than watch the episode, you can get a quick hit here. But don't come crying to me if you find out something you didn't want to know. You've been warned. Also note: lots of non-competition reality info lurks below, too.
Nigel Lythgoe responds to fan outrage
It's not often that fans get exactly what they want from a TV show, but it seems that that's exactly what has happened with "So You Think You Can Dance." After the show launched a new format for eliminating dancers, fans took to social media to complain. Instead of saving the elimination for the end of the show, it had been moved to the beginning -- meaning that dancers would have to continue performing with their partners despite having been cut.
We discuss 'Chopped' and Jennifer Lopez, too
Welcome to our Very Special Sort of Independence Day-themed edition of CulturePop! We invited back very special guest Steve Silverman simply because he's too much fun and we missed him. Plus, we talked about a lot of stuff -- whether or not Jennifer Lopez was irresponsible to perform for the leader of Turkmenistan, whether or not we should see the racist and homophobic comments being made on "Big Brother," why "The Lone Ranger" is a car wreck, plus why Steve loved the openly gay kid on "Chopped." Somehow we ended up talking a lot about racism, homophobia and "All in the Family," but that sounds more serious than it really was. Tune in. Hopefully you'll have just as much fun as we did. Here's the rundown: