CBS's Challenge cast • Chrisley's crimes • new Amazing Race • SYTYCD judge fired • and so much more!
Dear newsletter friends,
It’s been a busy two weeks since we last talked, so there’s a lot of incredible news, fun analysis and reviews, and juicy gossip in the links below.
For example, I wrote about how Big Brother’s producers asked me to sign this absurd contract for Jeff Lewis’ new show, which premieres today on Freevee.
It’s a revealing look into what’s involved for probably a second of screen time.
Speaking of revealing: scroll down in this story for a video of Survivor’s Michael Yerger in his underwear, walking around New York City, hanging posters that are of…Michael Yerger in his underwear.
All of this analysis and reporting meant that I’ve actually watched less TV than I’d hoped to: I still need to finish Real World Homecoming: New Orleans and write about it, and I want to write about this season of Legendary, which has been great, but I’m only halfway through.
So hopefully I’ll have time to do that in the next week. Until then, enjoy:
Summer reality TV
I compiled my quarterly guides, so here are the:
As always, I update those throughout the quarter, so bookmark those and/or check back, as things change and new shows will be added.
Challenge, Big Brother, Amazing Race
Lots of CBS news, starting with its new Wednesday nights:
CBS is pairing TV’s most-toxic reality competitions together this summer
In Amazing Race news:
In Survivor news:
Survivor now has an “official collector’s edition” digital book. If you want to know who this is aimed at, chapter two is about Sia. 💀
These four podcasts, including Normal Gossip, which I cannot get enough of!
Reality TV news
Chrisley knows crime! Here’s what Todd and Julie were found guilty of doing
🤩 I recommend
This Netflix show, especially when you need some light fun 🌋
Phew! That’s everything I wrote these past two weeks. Have a terrific weekend!
🌄 This is Reality in Focus issue 293, first sent 10 June 2022, and it is now intrigued by CBS’s Challenge.
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