Reality TV

Survivor premiere

Survivors ready? It’s about that time folks, as the world’s greatest Reality TV competition show is back for its 33rd go-around. Wednesday night, Survivor: Millennials vs. Gen-X begins (gee thanks CBS, for the short title this season…that will be fun typing out over and over!), with a 90-minute Premiere Episode.

I’m here to get you primed and ready for tonight’s episode and for this season as a whole. So whether you are an oldie-but-goodie Gen-Xer (like me!), an entitled Millennial brat (I kid…sorta), or a Baby Boomer still trying to figure out how to work your DVR, there’s truly something for everybody this season on Survivor… so let’s dive right in as to what you can expect not only from Jeff Probst and company, but from this column.


The 20 contestants on SURVIVOR: Millennials vs. Gen. X, when the Emmy Award-winning series returns for its 33rd season with a special 90-minute premiere, Wednesday, Sept. 21 (8:00-9:30 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Photo: Monty Brinton/CBS Entertainment ©2016 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Sick of hearing about the Millennial Generation? Well you’ll have a chance to officially root against them – or for them – when Survivor: Millennials vs. Gen-X premieres on Sept 21. Today, CBS and host Jeff Probst announced the 20 cast members that will be competing for the million dollar prize and title of Sole Survivor, when the 33rd season of the grand-daddy of all Reality TV shows, Survivor, returns this Fall.

This announcement comes with a bit of personal news: Long-time followers and readers of mine will notice that I am no longer the “Survivor Examiner,” but instead I’m writing from my new digs, at You can look forward to the same in-depth coverage of the show we love, with weekly episode previews, full recaps, and exit interviews with the voted-out castaways. Thanks for your ongoing support!

So who are the 10 all-new Millennials and 10 all-new Gen-Xers who will appear this coming season?  



To no one’s surprise, NeNe Leakes hopes that The Real Housewives of Atlanta cast will get a MAJOR overhaul next season.  NeNe is praying that none of the unmarried Housewives get invited back.  She also talks about her current co-stars trying to knock her off of her throne. 

She chatted with Michael Strahan and Robin Roberts on Live! With Kelly and Michael this morning.  She shared on last night’s reunion episode, “They are mad, honey.  They’re out there attacking Miss NeNe Leakes.”  When Robin asks why she thinks that is, “I’m a threat. I am a threat and they are mad.”  Michael asks if they’re jealous because she’s the only original cast member left.  “Well, of course. Everybody wants to knock the queen off her throne, but she’s not going anywhere.” 

johnny depp

Johnny Depp gets it.  The actor is out promoting his latest flick and was asked to give his take on reality TV.  He didn't go off on some superior tangent about it; he acknowledged that we're all a little obsessed with it and tried to explain why. 

“People get famous now for I-don’t-know-what. People have reality shows because they’re a Hollywood socialite, and these things become very successful and they generate a shitload of money for the company. And it’s multiplying, to where you’re literally looking into your next door neighbor’s bathroom with reckless abandon. It is like watching a fire. You can’t take your eyes off of it.”


fake show

PBS New York has a great sense of humor! 

WNET released three trailers for fake "upcoming" reality shows, Meet the Tanners, Clam Kings, and Long Island Landscapers, in an effort to make a statement about the sad state of quality programming out there.  We can all agree that reality shows have jumped the shark plenty of times, so it's no surprise that PBS had to add a disclaimer at the end to let people know they aren't real. 

After all the drama and ridiculousness of the reality shows we're hooked on, we could use a healthy dose of silly humor poking fun at it! 


Well, those rumors of Lamar Odom quitting basketball to focus more on reality TV with wife Khloe Kardashian are turning out to be bogus!

TMZ reports today that the celebrity couple called it quits on their reality spinoff, Khloe & Lamar, so that he can put all of his energy into making a comeback with his basketball career.