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EXCLUSIVE: First Look at Boston Rob's New Show, 'Around the World in 80 Ways'

by Chris Jancelewicz, posted Jul 20th 2011 10:00AM
boston rob, dennis anderson, around the world in 80 ways, rob marianoIt's going to be weird to see "Boston Rob" Mariano without his trademark Boston Red Sox cap. And, well, with his shirt on. But here we have it.

Starting later this year, History Channel will premiere 'Around the World in 80 Ways,' a show hosted by 'Survivor' winner and 'Amazing Race' star Boston Rob, along with Dennis Anderson, the creator and driver of monster truck Gravedigger.

The 10-part series features the two trouble-making guys circumnavigating the globe, using 80 different modes of travel without repeating any one vehicle.

A dune buggy? Check. A canoe? Check. An ostrich? Uh, check.

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'Survivor': The Big Winner and the Losers

by Stephanie Earp, posted May 16th 2011 2:00PM
After almost 10 years and more than 100 days in the game, arguably the biggest celebrity 'Survivor' has ever produced finally won the game. Even Jeff Probst had to admit it was as close as he had ever seen to a perfect game -- and the viewers agreed with him. Not only did Rob Mariano win the title of sole survivor, he also won the fan favourite award, making the purse $1.1 million.

It was a satisfying if unsurprising ending to a pretty decent season of 'Survivor.' Rob was too good at the game to have lost. But maybe the rest of the cast feel like cannon fodder for Rob's run. I've never seen a more miserable bunch at the reunion show. Usually, there's one or two who feel the need to make a self-righteous speech so-many-months later, but most let their grudges go and are all smiles by the time the winner's name's announced.

This time, it was palpably uncomfortable -- especially when people didn't realize they were on camera. Grant, Matt, Phillip, and Russell lapsed into dull, blank stares when they thought the show was on commercial break.

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Rob Mariano Talks About Winning 'Survivor' (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted May 16th 2011 12:55PM
Rob and Amber on 'Survivor'Rob Mariano finally won something last night when his was the last torch left lit on 'Survivor.' Until then, Rob's wife Amber was the only 'Survivor' winner in the household. (They also lost as a couple on 'Amazing Race 7.') Today on 'The Early Show' (weekdays, 7AM on CBS), Mariano talked about how it wasn't really the $1 million purse that motivated him to win, it was more a matter of being able to stand tall in his own house.

"For the past seven years, I've had to hear it in my own house," said Mariano. "It wasn't so much about the money -- she's getting the check anyway. But now I'm at least on [a] level playing field with my wife when it comes to winners in the 'Survivor' household."

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'Survivor: Redemption Island' Season 22, Episode 14 (Season Finale) Recap

by Jason Hughes, posted May 16th 2011 7:40AM
Jeff Probst, 'Survivor: Redemption Island' finale['Survivor: Redemption Island' - 'Seems Like a No Brainer']

Could "Boston Rob" Mariano pull off one of the most impressive victories in the history of 'Survivor'? Going into the finale, he looked poised to do just that. Of course, he still had to whittle down his Final Four, contend with whoever returned from Redemption Island and then convince the jury to not be bitter and reward his game play.

From Redemption, he faced the possibility of going up against Matt, who'd spent 29 days there, surviving every single duel up to this point. Mike was well-liked and had dominated even Matt since going there, while Andrea and Grant were members of his own alliance.

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'Survivor: Redemption Island' Season Finale: The Winner Is ... (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted May 16th 2011 1:42AM
Jeff Probst, 'Survivor: Redemption Island' finaleGoing into this three-hour finale extravaganza for 'Survivor: Redemption Island' (Sun., 8PM ET on CBS), one man has been running this game since Day One. "Boston Rob" Mariano single-handedly orchestrated the elimination of the opposing tribe and managed to keep his own alliance of six strong until the end.

At every turn, he had total control of the game, but toward the end it became more and more difficult to keep control. Ashley and Natalie have been considering their chances without the Rob-father, and there's still that element of Redemption Island, which has four people on the cusp of returning to the game.

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After Surprise Immunity Win, Blindside at Tribal Council on 'Survivor' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted May 12th 2011 1:13AM
Rob Mariano, 'Survivor: Redemption Island''Survivor: Redemption Island' (Wed., 8PM ET on CBS) ends with a two-hour finale this Sunday. Going into tonight's episode, there were still a whopping nine people in contention for the top prize, though four of them were on Redemption Island. From there, it was confirmed that only one stood a chance of returning to the game.

Rob Mariano has been in sole charge of this season of 'Survivor' since virtually Day One. He masterminded the massacre and total elimination of the Zapatera tribe, and has orchestrated the demise by blindside of every person who's gone home on Ometepe.

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Boston Rob Gets New Series, 'Blue Bloods' Creators Leave Show and More

by Chris Harnick, posted Apr 25th 2011 2:20PM
Boston RobRob Mariano is going from 'Survivor' to TV host with the History channel's 'Around the World in 80 Ways.'

'Amazing Race' and 'Survivor' veteran Boston Rob will team up with Dennis Anderson, the creator of the monster truck Gravedigger brand to host the new series. According to History, the two will attempt to travel the world using 80 different modes of transportation, never repeating the same one.

"This series captures History's commitment to highly compelling entertainment within a historical framework," Dirk Hoogstra, senior vice president of development and programming at History, said in a statement. "The dynamic between our two hosts will make for great television, while viewers can journey around the world with them to explore the ingenuity of travel in every era, throughout all stages of technological advances."

The two hosts will use everything from blimps, fighter jets, ostriches and even build their own vehicles to get around the world. At times the two will work as a team, other portions of the journey will be a race.

In other TV news ...

'Law & Order: Criminal Intent' is tackling the troubled 'Spider-Man' Broadway musical. The storyline will feature a play with lots of high-flying wire work called 'Icarus.' A person involved in the play is killed in what looks like a stunt gone wrong. There are characters very close to the play who sound an awful lot like Julie Taymore and Bono. [TVLine]

'Blue Bloods' showrunners Mitchell Burgess and Robin Green have left the CBS drama. Reports indicate CBS wants to take the show in a more procedural direction. Ken Sanzel left his executive producer post in August after creative tension with Tom Selleck. [Deadline]

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'Boston Rob' Mariano Is Just Messing With People Now on 'Survivor: Redemption Island' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Mar 17th 2011 1:41AM
At this point "Boston Rob" Mariano's just having fun with the game of 'Survivor: Redemption Island' (Wed., 8PM ET on CBS). He's already got the majority of his tribe in his pocket, and to top it off this week, they actually managed to win a Challenge without the help of the opposing tribe throwing it.

Now Grant thinks he and Rob are part of this tight alliance. He also thinks the two of them have something no one else does.

In the Reward coffee jar, Grant saw the newest clue to the Hidden Immunity Idol. You may recall that Rob already has the Idol, so none of this really matters. But the days are long out there, so why not have some fun?

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Boston Rob and Russell Return for 'Survivor: Redemption Island'

by Jean Bentley, posted Jan 13th 2011 10:30AM
Boston Rob Mariano, Russell Hantz, Survivor: Redemption IslandCBS announced the final two cast members today for 'Survivor: Redemption Island,' and chances are you've seen them many times before.

The returning castaways joining the latest edition of the long-running reality show are Boston Rob Mariano and Russell Hantz. Rob is returning to compete for the fourth time, while Russell is making his third appearance, Entertainment Weekly reports.

Neither veteran will get immunity, contrary to some spoiler reports online, but host Jeff Probst told EW he doesn't think they'll get the boot right away. "I do not think Russell or Rob will be the first person voted out of this game. Because I think they bring too much experience -- 156 days between the two of them. When you're playing a game, there's a lot to be learned."

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Boston Rob Mariano's 'Survivor' Exit Interview

by Audrey Fine, posted Apr 2nd 2010 3:10PM
"I'm after him. He's after me. May the best man win," a matter-of-fact Russell Hantz said of the power struggle between him and Rob Mariano on Thursday night's episode of 'Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains.'

Whether or not the "best" man won is up for debate, but unfortunately for Boston Rob, the revitalized Heroes tribe easily bagged both the "yay, we get to eat" reward and the puzzle challenge for immunity and his Villains were sent to Tribal Council.

With four votes against him, Rob saw his hopes for a first win dashed when Jerri Manthey's new alliance with Russell had her flip on Rob and just like that, the fan favorite was sent packing while the "hobbit on crack" (his pet name for Russell) had somehow maneuvered himself into the power position.

How does all this sit with Boston Rob who, after three times at bat, has to be a little jaded? Here's what he had to say about the season, the ouster and the Russell.

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'Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains' - 'I'm Not a Good Villain'

by Jackie Schnoop, posted Apr 2nd 2010 12:23AM
Will Colby Donaldson survive this season's 'Survivor'?
(S20E07) Colby Donaldson survived last week's tribal council on 'Survivor' only because James hurt his knee beyond hope for healing within the game's timeframe. Surrounded by those who want him out due to his lackadaisical efforts in challenges this season and being on the minor alliance, it's time for Colby to get playing the game. Heck, it's time for the entire heroes tribe to start playing.

JT isn't Mr. "I Broke My Tooth, Yet Kept Fighting" this season. Rupert has some sort of enhanced caveman rush into things, but has a broken toe and isn't really athletic. No one seems to be good with puzzles. What is going on here? The villains have been trouncing them at every turn. It's not just Colby who needs to step his game up. But he's the one on the hot seat due to the alliances. Can he do it?

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Tyson Apostol's 'Survivor' Exit Interview

by Audrey Fine, posted Mar 25th 2010 3:30PM
Thanks to March Madness, 'Survivor' fans got their fill a day early when a double elimination episode of 'Heroes vs. Villains' aired Wednesday and sent two players packing; Tyson Apostol became the second ousted "Villain" of the season and the hobbled "Hero," James Clement, limped in the footsteps of four before him.

In a carabiner-through-ropes challenge that had players from both tribes vying for individual immunity, Candice eked out a victory over her fellow heroes -- effectively keeping her neck off the chopping block -- and Boston Rob prevailed, yet again, for the villains.

When the two winners were pitted against each other in the same challenge for a sudden death "hot dogs and all the fixins" reward, Rob triumphed and his band of dastardly bad guys were licking their lips in anticipation of chowing on franks while watching the Heroes throw down at their Tribal Council.

Check out the interview after the jump.

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'Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains' - 'Banana Etiquette'

by Jackie Schnoop, posted Mar 25th 2010 12:42AM
Villains Parvati and Courtney looking a bit worn down
(S20E06) I always hear the folks who don't watch 'Survivor' going on about how the castaways have it easy as far as real survival skills. Sure, being able to physically survive the elements and challenges is part of the show. But my own interest has always been more in the strategic angle. From the start with Richard Hatch, it's been shown time and time again that people manipulation skills can rule the game. Tonight was pure joy for me. It put me in my Happy Place. Why? Read on.

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'Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains' - 'Knights of the Round Table' Recap

by Jackie Schnoop, posted Mar 12th 2010 2:28AM
James goes down hard on 'Survivor'
(S20E05) In the image above, it looks like James is surrounded by a bunch of schoolyard bullies on 'Survivor.' Well, he is surrounded, but things aren't always as they appear to be. The same can be said for the strategies of some of these all-so-great returning players, too. While some strategies remain consistent (a snake oil salesman isn't going to turn into the Avon lady), others are baffling me this season.

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'Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains' - 'Tonight, We Make Our Move' Recap

by Jackie Schnoop, posted Mar 5th 2010 1:02AM
Coach goes all emotional to Tyson
(S20E04) No, no, no. Coach, you have it all wrong! It's not a conspiracy against you, trust me. It's you. I made a mistake last week when I commented how much less a wuss Coach was being this season on 'Survivor.' I spoke too soon. Tonight we (and Boston Rob and Tyson) had to witness his latest "I'm sensitive, the world is against me, woe is me" escapade. The man makes a mockery of himself, then goes all emotional when he gets mocked. He's a legend in his own mind, a special snowflake to the rest of us.

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