Survivor 41's changes, Top Chef Portland's excellence, Project Greenlight's return, and so many renewals!

Dear newsletter friends,

It was an active week in the TV industry, with a flood of announcements, starting with Discovery and WarnerMedia saying they’d merge, meaning Discovery+ and HBOMax may someday become one.

I’ve compiled a fun list of highlights from all the announcements this past week, which include all sorts of renewed shows and brand-new ones, many of which I’m excited about.

The very best news for me was:

Remember that time when Mark Burnett’s NBC reality show dreams burned up, literally? One of the other announcements reminded me of a show he announced in 2000, and that sent me on a deep dive. Walk down memory lane with me!

A review and a tweet

I haven’t yet watched Top Chef’s Restaurant Wars episode from last night but:

And here’s a tweet instead of a recap:

Reality TV news

Correction: An earlier version of this newsletter inaccurately stated that Sharkfest wouldn’t return until 2022. It will be back in this year, while its partnership with MISS will begin next year.

More news

⭐️ I recommend

  • This great series from the AV Club on “Reality TV Game Changers,” which started with Pedro Zamora, and includes some people you’ll remember and some you may not!

  • This list of 100 “unhinged, unexplainable, unforgettable Real Housewives moments” by Brian Moylan, who has a book on the Housewives coming out next week (I’ll be publishing an excerpt from it on Tuesday).

  • This story about Jill Zarin and Bethenny Frankel’s friendship breakup on RHONY

  • This Bravo show, which has never been better

That’s everything for this week. Hope you have a great rest of the week and weekend!


🌄 This is Reality in Focus issue 244, first sent May 21, 2021, and it doesn’t need a subtitle, either.

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