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'Survivor' Renewed For Two More Seasons; Jeff Probst To Return

March 9th, 2011 4:15pm EST
Jeff Probst | Photo Credits: Monty Brinton/CBS
CBS has renewed Survivor for two more seasons with Jeff Probst returning as host, the network announced Wednesday.

The deal will keep the longest-running reality competition series on TV through 2012. Survivor is in its 22nd season with Redemption Island. It moved from its longtime Thursdays at 8/7c berth to Wednesdays at 8/7c in September.

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"Survivor is a program franchise that continues to stand the test of time," said Jennifer Bresnan, CBS' executive vice president of alternative programming. "Each season delivers new faces, exotic plac...
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Russell Hantz duped, sent to ‘Survivor’ Redemption Island - Feb. 27-March 5, 2011 Reality TV Highlights

March 6th, 2011 11:42am EST
Russell Hantz,
Russell Hantz, who has over and over again proclaimed himself the king of “Survivor,” was duped by his newbie tribe members on this week’s episode of the series. When Russell figured out his tribe had thrown the immunity challenge to be given the opportunity to send him to Redemption Island, he vowed to show all of them he was not to be messed with. Unfortunately, his last ditch efforts to take over – which included having Stephanie persuade Julie to switch sides – completely bombed. Keep reading for a full episode recap.

Winter 2011 TV schedule + March/April premieres

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Rob vs. Russell: Which 'Survivor' Vet Will Become King of Redemption Island?

February 16th, 2011 10:26am EST
Survivor | Photo Credits: Monty Brinton/CBS
For two of Survivor's most infamous contestants, there's much more at stake this season than hidden immunity idols and the $1 million prize. In addition to allowing players a chance to return to the game after elimination via the new Redemption Island, Survivor: Redemption Island welcomes back two of the show's biggest villains. After first going head-to-head last year on Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains, "Boston" Rob Mariano and Russell Hantz will duke it out once again, this time surrounded by 16 newbies. So who will come out on top? We compare stats to see what they need to do to outwit, o...
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Survivor's Russell Hantz Accused of Leaking Show Secrets

February 2nd, 2011 8:18am EST
Russell Hantz | Photo Credits: Monty Brinton/CBS
From the moment he burned Jaison Robinson's socks on Survivor: Samoa in the fall of 2009, Russell Hantz made it clear he couldn't be trusted during the game. It turns out he can't be trusted anywhere.

Jim Ealy, a Survivor message board commentator, told The Daily Beast that Hantz, 38, is guilty of leaking spoilers and other secret information.

Russell Hantz and "Boston" Rob Mariano join Survivor: Redemption Island

Ealy says he was sued by CBS and Survivor producers in December for prematurely publishing the names of...

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2011 Reality TV Highlights, Jan. 9-15: Russell, 'Boston' Rob Return To 'Survivor'

January 15th, 2011 8:51am EST
"Boston" Rob Mariano and Russell Hantz return for "Survivor: Redemption Island"

It’s official: Russell Hantz and “Boston” Rob Mariano will return to “Survivor” this February for the show’s 22nd season, “Survivor: Redemption Island.” Speculation surrounding who the mystery former castaways would be had been circulating for weeks, and it is safe to assume there were a lot of fingers crossed for at least one, if not both, of these contestants returning. While both have played on multiple seasons, neither has ever won a season.

“Survivor: Redemption Island” premieres Wednesday, Feb. 16 on C...
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CBS Names 16 Of 18 Castaways Competing On 'Survivor: Redemption Island'

January 10th, 2011 10:53am EST
Survivor Redemption Island
CBS just announced 16 of 18 castaways who will compete against each other on "Survivor: Redemption Island" when the series returns for its 22nd season, Wednesday, Feb. 16 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT).

Two of the 18 castaways, to be revealed later this week, are former castaways who will return to seek redemption.

This edition of "Survivor" will feature a new twist when, for the first time, castaways who have been eliminated from the game will have an opportunity to seek redemption and return for a chance to win the million dollar prize. Each week at Tribal Council when a castaway is vot...
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Survivor: Nicaragua Recap: My Grandfather Invented The Color Wheel

December 21st, 2010 7:25am EST
Fabio FTW!
An old man, a crazy chick, a country boy, a surfer dude and a maggot walk into a bar. The old man leaves to visit the tanning bed, while the crazy chick opts for Glamour Shots. The country boy grabs a guitar and hops a plane to Nashville, while the surfer dude buys everyone a round of shots, and starts spouting about color wheels and folding card tables. The maggot? Well, he gets a shave and climbs back under his rock....voteless.

We begin the Survivor season finale with short Survivor snippets on the final five: Dan, Holly, Sash, Chase and Fabio. The alliance of three (Chase, Holly and ...
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'Survivor: Nicaragua' Recap: End of Story

December 16th, 2010 12:07pm EST
Jane is betrayed by her alliance.
Awww, 'tis the tearjerker episode of Survivor.You know, the one where they use some sort of product placement techie gadget to tease tribe members with videos and photos of their cute kids, siblings, and spouses before bringing them out in person to join in a Reward Challenge. My husband and I always laugh and roll our eyes and call them all sorts of derogatory names. We could go 39 days with no contact, sure! That's the blink of an eye, right? Silly Survivors. Truth is, I would probably blubber about incoherently like an idiot, with snot running down my face while sporting some major Tammy...
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'Survivor: Nicaragua' Recap: Sashtastic

December 9th, 2010 4:51pm EST
Bye bye Benry
This is going to be a short post. I had a very long, well thought out post and then my computer went haywire and poof- it's gone. I've spent the last 5 minutes with my arms wrapped around my screen, muttering, "Oh no, oh no, oh no," over and over and over again. I just lost a lot of good words, people, and they are fluttering around free in cyberspace for some other Survivor fanatic to swipe right out of the air and use in their own recap. If that happens, Survivor fans, promise me you won't read it.

This week's Survivor begins with the tribemates naming their pet chicken Kelly Nay. I ho...
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'Survivor Nicaragua' Recap: What The %$*#@?

December 2nd, 2010 4:27pm EST
Survivor: Nicaragua
I tried to write this recap several times this morning, but after last night's show, it was entirely too frustrating to focus on the task at hand. I couldn't get the temperature right at my house, the fridge was completely devoid of food due to my grocery shopping procrastination habit, and my water filtration system was on the brink. Seriously, how is one supposed to operate under those conditions? I stuck my pen behind my ear, logged off of the Internet, and settled in for a long winter's nap. It was then that my subconscious conjured up the image of a red-faced, pissed-off Jeff Probst, w...
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'Survivor: Nicaragua' Recap: The 'King' Gets Punked

November 18th, 2010 1:57pm EST
Survivor: Nicaragua
Last night's Survivor had the potential to be fantastic television. The build-up begins in the first five minutes when Holly and Jane have a pivotal conversation about the two leaders, Sash and Brenda. What's surprising is that it's Holly that's leading this bandwagon. She has the plan and the gumption to make it happen. Who knew that the crazy shoe thief from early days would make such an impressive turn-around? I still think she may be a bit cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs but I've got to give the lady props. She's making a power move and it didn't take much on her part to gain the support of almo...
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Survivor: Nicaragua Recap: Take Him To The Woodshed

November 11th, 2010 4:53pm EST
Marty outwears his welcome.
Last night's Survivor begins with Marty plotting the demise of his archenemy, the "little old South Carolina woman" Jane. She's dangerous and she must go. She lost her husband. No one can compete with that sob story. Meanwhile, Marty also reminds folks of how NaOnka stole the flour and cooking utensils. She's certainly not winning any congeniality awards back at camp. Only makes sense to get her out despite the threat of "Miss Jane." I smell a blindside, right? We'll get to that later.

Being the little old lady from NORTH Carolina (you're wrong, smarty Marty), Jane knows a thing or two abo...
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Survivor: Nicaragua Recap: 100% Grade A Dirt Squirrel

November 5th, 2010 11:30am EDT
Alina is the latest sent packing.
First of all, let me begin by apologizing for the late recap of the latest Survivor: Nicaragua installment. Truth is, I fell asleep from boredom during Wednesday night's show. After amping myself up on several cups of coffee and my leftover Halloween stash (my kids don't need that junk anyway), I finally prepared myself to sit down again and give Brenda and Co. my full attention. Thank sweet baby Jesus for DVRs.

Something needs to happen, and it needs to happen fast. This cast has me yearning for the likes of Russell Hantz, Boston Rob and Richard Hatch. Heck, I'd even take Dreamz or that w...
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'Survivor: Nicaragua' Recap: I Became Yellow

October 28th, 2010 2:48pm EDT
Survivor: Nicaragua
Espada scored a double victory this week by winning both reward and immunity challenges, enjoying a morning of horseback riding, milking cows, and fresh farm eggs as well as three more days guaranteed on the island.

La Flor, on the other hand, ruined yet another perfectly fine opportunity to rid themselves of the gray-haired, overgrown, boy bander Marty, choosing to send home his much less threatening partner in crime, Jill. Let's recap, shall we?

At the reward challenge, each tribe must choose a "defender" to stand on a pedestal in the middle of a pool of water and attempt to block the o...
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'Survivor: Nicaragua' Recap: 'Your First Blindside, Congratulations'

October 21st, 2010 12:51pm EDT
Kelly B. is blindsided.
Episode 6 opens with yet another Espada tribe member ready to pack it in because of Mother Nature. I've never been to Nicaragua myself but they must have some pretty brutal raindrops to beat down two players within two weeks so hard that they're willing to pack it in for a warm bed and a dry pair of socks. Call me crazy, but a tornado would have to sweep in and lift me from that island in its vicious tunnel cloud before I would even consider giving up.

Surprisingly, it is not the resident complainer NaOnka nor the somewhat crazy Holly stealing production's cell phone and booking the first ...
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'Survivor: Nicaragua' Recap: Keep It 100!

October 14th, 2010 1:53pm EDT
Tyrone should lay off the chicken next time.
Wednesday's Survivor begins with two of the cockiest tribe members on the island, Marty and NaOnka. They've got game, they've got the numbers, and they've got huge egos that quite surprisingly both fit on the same island. It's a crying shame that the Survivor gods didn't put these two on the same tribe. A Marty/NaOnka confrontation would definitely be a popcorn-worthy event, don't ya think?

Over at Espada, Marty, who reminds me of a 50 year old boy bander (seriously, how does he get his hair so spiky? Tree sap? Worm guts?), is gloating about the control he has over his tribe. He's managed ...
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'Survivor: Nicaragua' Recap: The Jimmy T. Show

October 7th, 2010 1:39pm EDT
Survivor: Nicaragua Jimmy T
We begin this week with Jimmy T. giving a whole new meaning to singin' in the rain. Just back from Tribal Council, the oldies sit around camp, shivering in the rain, lamenting that they have no food, no luck and no Coach. Hey- at least they have Jimmy T. to break out in song, staging an impromptu concert for the downtrodden tribe. Does it lift their spirits? Um, no. Does it make them want to stab their own eyeballs out with fishing hooks? Dunno. But it would mine. Let's recap.

While Jimmy T. is busy flexing his vocal chords, Naonka is over at La Flor running off at the mouth yet again. See...
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'Survivor: Nicaragua' Recap: Put Me In Coach

September 30th, 2010 9:36am EDT
Jimmy Johnson Snuffed
Last week, I took an intense disliking to Naonka. Her little hissy fit about the socks sent me over the edge. Her voice could be compared to nails on a chalkboard. Oh, what a difference a week makes. I think I've found myself a new favorite.

This week's show begins with the youngsters returning from Tribal Council, and Alina and Kelly B. are still reeling from their leader Shannon's exit. As the camera pans to Naonka, I immediately cringe. She starts running her mouth... I gag. She does a dead-on imitation of Alina... I perk up. Hmmm...what's happening here? Could it be? Beneath all of the...
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CBS Fall 2010 Line-Up: What And When To Watch

September 23rd, 2010 11:00am EDT
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Presenting Starpulse's quick-and-dirty guide to this fall's new CBS programming.

First, the new:

Mike & Molly, Mon. Sept. 20, 9:30/8:30 CST -- America's obesity epidemic has left a lot us a bit fluffier, and "Mike & Molly" might be CBS's attempt to deliver a show we can relate to. Unfortunately, that seems to be the extent of the humor -- being fluffy. The main characters, played by Billy Gardell ("Yes, Dear") and Melissa McCarthy ("Gilmore Girls"), meet at an Overeaters Anonymous meeting, fall for each other, and deal with the modern-day problems overweight couples face. Time will tel...
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'Survivor: Nicaragua' Recap: The Case Of The Missing Shoes

September 23rd, 2010 9:22am EDT
Survivor Nicaragua - Missing Shoes
I sincerely hope you set your DVRs because this is one Survivor episode just chock full of crazy. Generally, I'm happy to have just one headcase or evil villain to snark about all season, but Mark Burnett hit ratings gold this year with his cast of backstabbers, bullies and flat out nutjobs. Let's recap.

We catch a glimpse of the crazy that is Holly early on in the episode when she hijacks tribemate Jill's big old bucket of snails. Jill, hoping for a little protein and using every resource available to her, is sitting quietly and chomping on a breakfast of snails, when Holly sails by and b...
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'Survivor Nicaragua' Recap: Babies vs. Boomers

September 16th, 2010 2:40pm EDT
Survivor Nicaragua: Babies vs. Boomers
What do you get when you throw together an ex-NFL coach, a goat rancher, an amputee, and a handful of bratty, snarky twenty-somethings? Well, besides a hot mess, that is? How about Survivor: Nicaragua, the program's 21nd installment that pits under 30s against over 40s to see who will ultimately outwit, outplay and outlast.

The season begins with 20 hopefuls silently making their way through the jungle, sizing each other up, and mistakenly assuming that the groups they've been divided into will be their new respective tribes. This year's crew brings Jimmy Johnson of Dallas Cowboys and Mi...
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Cyndi Lauper To Star In New Reality Show

June 22nd, 2010 8:50am EDT
Cyndi Lauper
Pop star Cyndi Lauper is inviting cameras into her New York home to document her family life for a new reality TV show.

The "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun" hitmaker has teamed up with acclaimed "Survivor" producer Mark Burnett for the untitled new project.

Lauper will appear alongside her husband of 19 years, actor David Thornton, and their 12-year-old son Declyn in what the star describes as "the comedy of our lives," reports the New York Daily News.

It will be the singer's second reality show this year - she recently competed against the likes of Sharon Osbourne and Bret Michaels for the t...
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'Survivor' With Paint: Bravo's Art Reality Show

June 10th, 2010 8:04am EDT
Sarah Jessica Parker
Following the popularity of "Top Chef" and "Project Runway," Bravo introduced "Work of Art: The Next Great Artist" Wednesday night. And it's more erratic than a Pollack attached to a ceiling fan on high.

In the new reality show, 14 artists compete in weekly challenges, as art big wigs eliminate them one by one until only the "Next Great Artist" remains. The grand prize is a solo exhibition at the celebrated Brooklyn Museum, and a $100,000 cash prize.

For their first task, the artists were randomly paired off and were given 13 hours to produce a portrait of their partner.

But before t...
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'Survivor' Producer Arrested In Mexico

April 8th, 2010 9:46pm EDT
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Reality TV mogul Bruce Beresford-Redman has been arrested in Mexico after police discovered the body of his wife in Cancun.

The "Survivor" and "Pimp My Ride" producer told police that his wife had vanished during a vacation on Monday, and on Wednesday night, he told a Los Angeles TV news show that he was helping authorities search for his wife.

Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department spokeswoman Detective Diane Harris told the Los Angles Times Monica Beresford-Redman's family believed her death "had something to do with foul play," and on Thursday her husband was taken into custody.

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Anna David On 'Reality Matters'

April 5th, 2010 1:58pm EDT
Anna David Reality Matters
What do you get when you give a dozen writers who are hooked on reality television a pen and paper? Reality Matters. The book, edited by Anna David, is a brilliant compilation of essays by various writers coming clean about the reality shows they can’t stop watching. Why do we love this genre? Why are we glued to the TV every week as if our lives would end if we didn’t see who The Bachelor picked as his bride-to-be, or which wannabe star got the boot on American Idol? The book explores such shows like The Real Housewives of New York City, The Hills, Married by America, Project Runway, The O...
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2010 Midseason TV: New Shows & Returning Favorites

January 5th, 2010 2:40pm EST
Big Love
January and the coming months are full of returning TV favorites and a few new series worth checking out. The new season of "The Bachelor" premiered last night, "American Idol" arrives next week, and the last season of "Lost" kicks off in February. Check out our guide of what's what in the next few months:

REALITY TV

The Bachelor: On The Wings Of Love Jan. 5 ABC

Pilot Jake Pavelka seeks his soulmate.

The Biggest Loser Jan. 6 NBC

Season nine is a couple's season, and teams are made up of moms and daughters, husbands and wives, best friends and more. The shocker for the prem...
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'American Idol' Needs a Revamp... Now!

August 10th, 2009 11:11am EDT
American Idol
With the recent news that Paula Abdul will not be returning for American Idol's ninth season, the timing seems perfect for the show to reinvent itself, and recapture the magic that has been steadily dwindling since it premiered nearly a decade ago. Though ratings remain high, viewership is decreasing, a problem that the show tried to address by adding a new judge at the start of the eighth season. Unfortunately, what "American Idol" needs is not a mere shuffling of parts, or replacement of personality. The show needs to restructure its format, and realize that the problem is an over-saturat...
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Reality TV Couple Rob & Amber Welcome Baby Girl

August 3rd, 2009 3:15pm EDT
Rob and Amber Mariano
Former stars of Survivor and The Amazing Race Rob and Amber Mariano welcomed a daughter last month, according to People.com.

Rob said the baby, born July 4, "tends to be a bit of a night owl like her daddy." He added, "She is a perfect baby and we could not have asked for anything more. We are over the moon with happiness."

Lucia Rose was named after her paternal great-grandmother.
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'I'm A Celebrity …Get Me Out Of Here!': The Heroic Tale Of Speidi

June 2nd, 2009 1:00pm EDT
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This torturous and painful-to-watch version of a cut rate Survivor starts off with your typical collection of crying scenes and arguments amongst the cast. I'm A Celebrity …Get Me Out Of Here begins with the "Cast" trekking through the Costa Rican jungle for about 45 seconds where they set up camp, which looks like a Hollywood soundstage.

Then the 'stars' of the series, "Speidi" - newlyweds Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt (aka the Anti-Christ), from The Hills, announce after 5 minutes in the jungle that they're quitting and "Pulling the Ripcord" on their stay. Subsequently Spencer call...
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'Celebrity Boxing 9' To Feature Lindsay Lohan's Dad & Johnny Fairplay

May 27th, 2009 10:49am EDT
Johnny Fairplay
Lindsay Lohan's father Michael has agreed to fight notorious "Survivor" contestant Johnny Fairplay on June 20 at the Philadelphia Airport Ramada, according to Eclectic Media Productions.

"I couldn't resist Fairplay’s challenge. He made a fool of himself once already with his 'Survivor' scandal and he will do it again once I knock him out." Lohan said.

Fairplay shocked fans and contestants by lying about his grandmother's death during "Survivor: Pearl Islands." Later he was the first person voted off "Survivor: All Stars" to be by his pregnant girlfriend's side.

Lohan has str...
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