The Ultimate Guide to Christmas Specials

Christmas TV specials, limited series and movies are bigger than ever these days from now until the New Year, you’ll be able to find some festive yule-tide programming every night of the week. From the traditional viewing of It’s a Wonderful Life, the different versions of How the Grinch Stole Christmas, to baking shows and live music specials, we’ve got them all listed on the new Christmas TV Specials page. (Since not all of the networks list their specials early, this list will be updated throughout the coming weeks, so check back often for new additions!)

This Day in Pop Culture for May 31

The very first American "Survivor" show aired on May 31, 2000.

Debut of Survivor TV Series

The CBS reality TV show, Survivor, aired its very first program on this day in 2000. Based on the Swedish TV series, Expedition Robinson which premiered in 1997, the goal of the players is to “outwit, outplay and outlast” the other competitors while living on an isolated island with no provided food, water or shelter. Survivor was one of the first reality competition series where members took a vote on who should be sent home each week.While now everyone is familiar with the show, at the time, people weren’t too sure what to think of it. However, by the second week, the show gained over 18 million viewers. By the finale on August 23, 2000, the show received its highest ratings ever of 51.7 million viewers. Alternative lifestyle and nudist, Richard Hatch was crowned the first season’s winner of the million dollar prize. The 33rd season of Survivor will air the fall of 2016.

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