A bonus Survivor: Winners at War episode, plus Australian Survivor, Worst Cooks, and Celebrity Drag Race

It was a great week for reality TV

Dear newsletter friends,

This week, Survivor ended its 40th season—that means I’ve spent 20 years watching this show, holy shit!

There’s a reason why it’s my go-to when people ask what my favorite reality show is. No other reality show has consistently delivered more entertainment, even when it stumbles (except last fall, there’s just no excuse for that).

Anyway, here’s my coverage from this week:

With the pandemic delaying production on both of next year’s seasons, I have a modest proposal for CBS—or any streaming service that’d like to make some Americans really happy: Please bring Australian Survivor to the U.S. this year

If you just can’t get enough Survivor, The Ringer has some great stuff as part of their “Survivor Week” coverage.

Non-Survivor shows!

Drag Race Drama GIF by RuPaul's Drag Race

Last week’s penultimate Celebrity Drag Race was a perfect 90 minutes of TV. The roast alone is worth re-watching a few times.

Here’s some good news for Drag Race fans about the new all-star season—plus the list of Drag Race All Stars 5’s queens.

I reviewed the premiere of Worst Cooks in America, whose reality stars—Sonja, Bananas, Wells—really made the show fun.

Two other recommendations:

Here’s what else premiered this week.

Sunday, American Idol will air its season finale. While the remote episodes have been excellent, let’s hope the last time it has to do that.

That’s all I’ve got for this week. I hope you have a terrific weekend.


🌄 This is Reality in Focus issue 194, first sent 15 May 2020, and it already misses the old-school Survivors.

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