Every season, Survivor assembles a group of 16–20 twentysomethings known as the "Dream Team." Their job is to test all of the challenges before the contestants do, allowing the show to have a sort of dress rehearsal.
The finalists of Project Runway aren't the only contestants who get a chance to show at New York Fashion Week. A couple of "decoy" contestants who were eliminated earlier in the competition make collections so that the final three or four aren't spoiled. According to producer Sara Rea, the eliminated designers get the same budget and amount of time to make their looks as the real finalists do, because otherwise, the faux collections would be too easy to identify.
It was difficult for the producers of Below Deck to find willing participants for its first season, since it was an "unknown entity" that potential castmates worried could "jeopardize their future employment potential." Now one of the most common reasons "yachties" sign on is so they can show their friends and family at home what their jobs are like.
The Love Island villas are outfitted with around 80 cameras, including ones in the bathroom, though that footage isn't monitored. There are no clocks, and the house is supplied with over 200 condoms, which are "replenished as needed."
Chopped contestants are "warned" by producers about host Ted Allen because he will attempt to "get in [their] head" while he interviews them about what they're preparing. They're also told that if Allen is bothering them while they're cooking, it's okay to tell him to go away.
To ensure that the identities of the contestants remain secret, the crew of The Masked Singer have to sign nondisclosure agreements, and they aren't permitted to use their phones while they're working. If they do ask to use their phones, they're allowed to...but they're forced to wear something a producer referred to as a "shame sash," a pageant-type sash designed to "humiliate anyone who wants to use their phone on set."
Tyra Banks didn't work with any of the models who competed on America's Next Top Model after their seasons ended. She considered it unethical, and she didn't want her judging to be influenced by whom she thought she could make the most money from.
Before a new season of The Great British Baking Show* begins, the ovens in the tent are tested with cakes. The crew prepares "a dozen Victorian sponge mixes" and uses runners to make sure they all go in at the exact same time — and if the ovens are in good working order, 12 perfect (and identical) cakes emerge.
RuPaul sold the pitch for RuPaul's Drag Race on his first try. It first aired on Logo, then moved to VH1.
Before shooting an episode of Man vs. Wild, the crew would spend around a week "scouting out the area," while Bear Grylls himself would get two days of "intense survival briefings and training," during which outside experts would offer their expertise about the particular terrain he was facing.
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