How Amazing Race season one was produced! Plus: Survivor's changes, fall reality TV, and more

Dear newsletter subscribers,

A project I started on July 28 is finally done. Here is an oral history of The Amazing Race season one.

It’s a massive—and I’m not exaggerating!—behind-the-scenes story about how the show was produced. Let me know what you think!

That’s what I’ve mostly been focused on for the past few weeks. But also this week…

I reviewed:

I published:

Survivor announced:

⭐️ I recommend:

  • This piece, of course!

  • This piece, which is about people who found Survivor during the pandemic—but also a collection of life advice from Survivor alum

That’s everything for this week! I hope you enjoy the weekend, whether it’s a long weekend or a work weekend for you.


🌄 This is Reality in Focus issue 258, first sent Sept. 3, 2021, and it’s ready for a nap after its Amazing Race journey.

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