"Survivor" winners Jenna Morasca and Ethan Zohn will be trying to outlast zombies at the Sept. 1 "Run for Your Lives."
Ms. Morasca, who grew up in Bridgeville, is co-host with Mr. Zohn for the weekly television program "Everyday Health." They also teamed to run CBS's "The Amazing Race" in September 2011 and are involved in promoting numerous charitable organizations.
The couple will compete in the "Run for Your Lives" mud run outside of Butler (www.runforyourlives.com).It's a 5K obstacle course that combines elements of capture the flag -- with zombies and pools of fake blood.
Later, they'll sign autographs and help host the "Apocalypse" after-party.
"Jenna, a self-proclaimed zombie geek, reached out to 'Run for Your Lives' after hearing about the race," said Derrick Smith, managing member of Reed Street Productions and co-creator of the event.
"Jenna and Ethan represent our usual racer demographic -- folks who love zombies, enjoy physical fitness and are up for a new challenge -- and we're excited to have them on site at our first Pittsburgh race."
The event is part of a national series.
This promises to be colorful: the owner of Wyld Chyld Tattoo Pittsburgh will be a contestant on Spike's "Ink Master."
Sarah Miller, an artist who specializes in "portraits and pin-ups," is one of three female contestants on the show, which debuts Oct. 9. The winner receives $100,000 and other perks such as a photo feature in a magazine.
Season 1 of "Ink Master" was Spike's highest-rated original program, averaging 1.8 million viewers.
Judging from the contestants' bios, sounds as though this is going to be a riotous bunch. One, Lalo Yunda, grew up in Colombia, South America, where "instead of focusing on his schoolwork in class, he would mischievously cut his skin and fill the open wounds with ink."
What if they created a fake reality show and only one person didn't know it was fake? Fans of 2003's "The Joe Schmo Show" on Spike TV discovered the results were surprisingly uplifting as Mt. Lebanon native Matt Kennedy Gould "won" a rigged Spike TV program called "Lap of Luxury."
Not clued into the show's premise -- he was the only one who didn't know it wasn't real -- Mr. Gould's endearing demeanor won over viewers, and he still took home the $100,000 prize.
Spike tried a sort-of "The Bachelor" version the next year, including yet another Pittsburgher, Upper St. Clair native Amanda Naughton. And now, it's bringing the show back for another round.
"Joe Schmo: The Full Bounty" will premiere in 2013 with 10 episodes. The new contestant will be "cast" for a faux reality show about the search for "America's next great bounty hunter."
Lorenzo Lamas (!) plays himself, and original "Joe Schmo" host Ralph Garman reprises his role.
Which brings us to "Big Brother" (CBS, Sundays, Wednesdays and Thursdays). Devotees of the show realize that what broadcast viewers see is just a small greatly sanitized portion of what's actually available through online subscriptions and on Showtime.
We will spare you the indelicate details, except to say that sex and bathroom habits were discussed at length earlier in the week. Also, Head of Household Frank Eudy made out with Murrysville's Ashley Iocco on the couch.
So much for the showmance between Ms. Iocco and fellow Pittsburgher Ian Terry of Shaler.
As for playing the game, well, the fault lines shift so often it's hard to keep up. But the two players nominated for elimination this week -- Wil Heuser and Joe Arvin, both sons of Kentucky -- remained on the chopping block.
Mr. Heuser got voted out of the House.
Maria Sciullo: firstname.lastname@example.org or 412-263-1478 or @MariaSciulloPG. First Published August 18, 2012 4:00 AM