Project Runway and Blown Away reviews, Survivor twist + new Netflix seasons, Challenge and LeVar Burton news, and more

Dear newsletter friends,

Happy Friday. I’m feeling the effects of my booster shot—some muscle aches, but mostly I keep bumping my arm, doh!—but also feeling gratitude for my immune system and all the people whose decades of research made this possible.

Among this week’s reality TV premieres were The Real Housewives Ultimate Girls Trip and Tiger King 2. I started watching both, and may write about both of them this weekend, once I watch more of each. Alas, at this point, I can’t recommend either.

I can, however, enthusiastically recommend this show that I did review:

And in case you missed it, here are my thoughts on the new season of Project Runway:

Survivor

Two huge characters that I loved were blindsided this week thanks to Survivor 41’s latest twist.

And a terrifying bug also made a guest appearance. 😮

Now that there’s a jury, that means there are Ponderosa videos: Tiffany and Naseer & Evvie.

In other Survivor news:

Reality TV news

  • The Challenge’s Leroy Garrett posted an Instagram video about being subjected to a racist rant by eventual season 30 winner Camila Nakagawa, and addressed MTV: “You basically rewarded her for being racist and being violent.” Camila and MTV both responded with apologies.

  • Two of the three men convicted of killing Malcolm X have been completely exonerated after an investigation that was initially triggered by the Netflix series Who Killed Malcolm X? CBS News reports that “prosecutors withheld evidence that could have cleared” them 55 years ago.

Also:

🤩 I recommend

That’s everything.

I haven’t decided yet whether this newsletter will be taking next Friday off or not, but I hope you have a great Thanksgiving week!

best,
Andy


🌄 This is Reality in Focus issue 268, first sent Nov. 19, 2021, and it made it through a newsletter referencing Blown Away without making a glory hole joke once. Oops.

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