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Review: Survivor Samoa - Tastes Like Chicken

by Jackie Schnoop, posted Nov 13th 2009 1:02AM
John looks weary of playing the game on Survivor Samoa
(S19E09) If you haven't watched this episode of Survivor, stop right now. Watch it. Oh, don't go by the expression on John's face. That's the face I had when the show started. Yet now I'm downright perky and alert. For me, this started off being a real iffy season. But, as folks really play the game, I'm all excited about it all over again. Some play it poorly, but there are a few movers and shakers this season.

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Review: Survivor Samoa - All Hell Breaks Loose

by Jackie Schnoop, posted Nov 6th 2009 1:00AM
Russell works his mojo on John
(S19E08) I know this photo might be considered sort of spoilerish for the front page. But since last week's Survivor promo showed the merge going down, I know you all know Evil Russell will attempt to work everyone. Heck, that's what the guy does. To me, he comes off akin to a snake oil salesman. Yet he seems to get people to believe his wily ways. I bet he could have sold a lot of snake oil a century back.

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Review: Survivor Samoa - Houdini Magic

by Jackie Schnoop, posted Oct 30th 2009 12:50AM
Shambo leads Galu to ...
(S19E07) Even though we're down a Russell this week on Survivor, I'll continue to refer to the remaining Russell as "Evil Russell." It just somehow fits even without a confusion of Russells. However, there is just one Shambo. Although she's a good worker in camp and works hard on the challenges, that might be a good thing. One Shambo is quite enough. Perhaps she's just too nice to be on the show. Perhaps she is a bit dim. I just don't know.

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Survivor winner appointed to FCC post

by Allison Waldman, posted Oct 23rd 2009 8:30AM
Yul_Kwon_CBSLately, what we've been hearing about reality television has been awful. The winner of Big Brother became a drug dealer by using his prize money to bankroll his illegal activities. A family that appeared on Wife Swap perpetrated a hoax involving their six-year-old son and a helium balloon. Is there anything good to say about reality TV?

Here's something. Survivor: Cook Islands winner Yul Kwon is joining the FCC. He has been named deputy chief of the consumer and governmental affairs bureau for the FCC.

That's the Federal Communications Commission. Chairman Julius Genachowski made the appointment, and it wasn't because Yul did well in challenges.

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Review: Survivor Samoa - This Is the Man Test

by Jackie Schnoop, posted Oct 23rd 2009 12:13AM
Dave and Monica watch as Galu Russell passes out
(S19E06) Well, this was the most unusual episode of Survivor I've ever seen. Mind you, I've seen all of them since the first season. I won't get into why it was so unusual until after the jump just in case you've missed all of the hype over the injured castaway in commercials all this week. But it wasn't just the injury which made it unusual. It was all discombobulated.

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An open letter to ex-con Richard Hatch

by Allison Waldman, posted Oct 16th 2009 1:06PM
richard_hatch_survivorDear Rich,

You don't mind if I call you Rich, do you? I feel like I know you well. And it's not just because I watched you walking around naked on an island somewhere either. No, it's because you were on Survivor twice and in both those instances, you really impressed me with your game-playing. You deserved to win that first Survivor. You earned it, Richard Hatch. You outwit, outplayed and outlasted all the rest, including Sue who probably wanted to kill you.

So, now that you're out of jail -- hopefully for good -- I'm rooting for you to get your stuff together and move on with life. That means shut your mouth. Stop yapping about how the authorities are conspiring against you. Stop saying it's because you're gay.

The first thing you must do is pay the back taxes on the prize money you legitimately won. Surely, you know that's how they got Al Capone. Pay the IRS, man. Start a payment system, they'll accept that.

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Survivor Samoa: Walking on Thin Ice

by Jackie Schnoop, posted Oct 16th 2009 1:55AM
Evil Russell dressed for success on Survivor Samoa
(S19E05) We're into the fifth episode of Survivor and I'm still getting some of the cast mixed up. True, they're mostly on the larger Galu tribe -- the ones who keep winning, yet we only see a focus on a select few. We all know "Good" Russell and Shambo. Did you know that someone named Brett is on the Galu tribe? No. Really, I'm not kidding. He got some airtime tonight. At this point, they could stick in stunt doubles and we wouldn't know the difference!

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Survivor Samoa: Hungry For a Win

by Jackie Schnoop, posted Oct 8th 2009 10:53PM
Galu vies for immunity on Survivor Samoa
(S19E04) So far we've had one of those lopsided seasons on Survivor. We've seen this happen before -- one tribe keeps winning, the other keeps right on losing. The numbers on the latter are decimated going into the merge which allows the stronger tribe to keep picking them off one by one. I prefer things a bit more evenly matched. The tribal losses affect both the strong and weak players across the board. Once a tribe keeps losing every challenge, morale goes down. Then they lose some more.

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Survivor Samoa: It's Called A Russell Seed

by Jackie Schnoop, posted Oct 2nd 2009 2:28AM
Evil Russell is planting his seeds on Survivor Samoa
(S19E03) If I had my druthers and could choose which weirdo to watch take over Survivor between Evil Russell and Ben "Coach" Wade from last season, I'd surely go for Russell. Don't get me wrong. I don't like Russell. I wouldn't invite him over for dinner or send him a birthday card. But he's playing the game and, despite saying he's not there to work, he works around camp and at the challenges. However, his expertise in work at camp is playing mind games. Wade did diddly. Now if only I knew what a druthers was.

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Mark Burnett gets real for CBS drama

by Allison Waldman, posted Sep 29th 2009 12:28PM
Mark_burnett_CBSWhat happens when the producer of Survivor collaborates with his wife, an actress who starred in Touched by an Angel, in a story created by the guy who brought us Dirty Sexy Money? Do you get Touched by a Dirty Sexy Angel? I guess that's what CBS will find out because Mark Burnett and Roma Downey are teaming with Craig Wright for a drama project for CBS.

Burnett, he of Survivor and a half-dozen other reality shows, is married to Angel star Roma Downey, and they're both executive producers while Wright is doing the writing for Sony Pictures TV. The show is the story of a lawyer who nearly dies in a car crash and gets a second chance at life when the ghost of his ex-wife appears to him.

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Survivor Samoa: Taking Candy From a Baby

by Jackie Schnoop, posted Sep 25th 2009 1:18AM
The immunity challenge gets rough on Survivor Samoa
(S19E02) Controversy is good for a show, don't you think? When you think about it, we're on the 19th season of Survivor. There are only so many fresh new challenges and twists you can do with a bunch of folks stuck in the jungle. What to do? We saw it last season -- come up with outrageous cast members. The same tactic is in practice this season, perhaps two for the price of one. Evil has a name and we know it's Russell. Stupid Jerk Bully has a name ... and, believe it or not, that name isn't Russell.

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Jeff Probst says that The Amazing Race has won enough Emmys

by Bob Sassone, posted Sep 21st 2009 7:03PM
Jeff ProbstSurvivor host Jeff Probst won Best Reality Host last night, but the big news was when he told reporters that The Amazing Race has already won for Best Reality Competition Show seven times and should take itself out of the running!

So, is this just sour grapes or does Probst have a point? Maybe Probst should go on The Amazing Race and Phil Keoghan should go on Survivor and see who can last the longest.

Should The Amazing Race take itself out of the Emmy race?
Yes, it has won enough times.242 (27.8%)
No way. Why shouldn't it be eligible every year?628 (72.2%)

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Survivor Samoa: The Puppet Master (season premiere)

by Jackie Schnoop, posted Sep 18th 2009 1:46AM
It's the premiere of Survivor Samoa!
(S19E01) CBS just came off the highest-rated season ever of Big Brother. Will they be able to repeat the deed with Survivor: Samoa? You know, it's very possible that they just might do it. That is, if the season premiere is any indication.

Right off the bat, they gave me a reason to watch (other than I write about the show). I want to see Evil Russell knocked down by a woman. He's not to be confused with Good Russell, nor Russell on Big Brother. Nor even my brother, Russ. He's nasty, I tell you!

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CBS unveils new Survivor cast

by Bob Sassone, posted Aug 27th 2009 10:40AM
SurvivorThe unveiling of the Survivor cast probably isn't "exciting" (cough) as the unveiling of the Dancing with the Stars cast because those cast members are celebrities. We don't know these people, but we do know that there will be hot chicks that look good in bikinis, older people that will probably be voted off fairly early, and a villain. CBS says this season's cast will feature the "biggest villain ever."

Oooooooooo!

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Update: Richard Hatch is in jail again!

by Bob Sassone, posted Aug 19th 2009 9:29AM
HatchJust yesterday I posted the video of Richard Hatch's appearance on Today. Now just a day later the Survivor champ is in jail again.

Hatch's sister is saying that the reason why Hatch is in jail is because of the interview with Matt Lauer. There are no details yet on why he would be sent to jail because he talked to someone on a morning talk show (he did the interview from his home so he wasn't violating his home-confinement sentence) but his sister says that when the police came to take him, that's the reason the officer gave.

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