The joys of Holiday Baking Championship! Plus: When Amazing Race, Celebrity Big Brother are returning. And: is Project Runway weird?

Dear newsletter friends,

Happy Friday! We’re almost halfway through November, which, like a Survivor 41 advantage, I cannot really explain.

Exciting site news: After months of behind-the-scenes work, comments are back! (That link explains where they went.) I look forward to our continued conversations.

Also in that story, I answered a reader’s three questions about reality blurred stuff, including how I choose what to cover, and what’s up with the home page.

Before we get to reviews and news, here are this week’s reality TV premieres and documentary premieres. The new shows just keep coming.


This week, I wrote about:

Today, I’m working on finishing my review of Project Runway season 19 so far. I’m finding it enjoyable but a bit off, and not quite sure why.

By midday Friday, you can find my review here; it’ll appear at the top of the list.

Survivor and Amazing Race and Celebrity BB

Last weekend, we learned that Survivor 41 didn’t show us what really happened post-twist. I want to see that footage!

This week, we got a fairly normal episode, but with a lot of negotiation and interpersonal drama. Here’s my full recap.

Also this week, we got premiere dates for Amazing Race 33, Survivor 42, and Celebrity Big Brother 3.

Survivor will have its latest start ever; CBBUS3 will air opposite the Olympics and the Super Bowl.

🤩 I recommend

That’s everything I have for you this week. I hope your weekend is full of great reality TV!


🌄 This is Reality in Focus issue 267, first sent Nov. 12, 2021, and its holiday baking consists of buying Christmas Tree Cakes.

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