Powered by i.TV
September 4, 2015


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.

Read More

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.

Read More

Rob Mariano Passes Out on 'Survivor' (VIDEO)

by Jane Boursaw, posted Feb 19th 2010 1:05AM
Survivor, Rob MarianoIf you're a 'Survivor' (Thu., 8PM ET on CBS) fan, you already know about Rob Mariano passing out and needing medical attention. And he was really out of it!

"The funny thing about being unconscious is you don't remember anything," said the guy known as "Boston Rob." "I remember I was feeling really sick, and I thought I had to sit down. And the next thing I remember is there was a doctor or somebody talking, and I heard Jeff Probst talking."

Then he mumbled something to Probst about loving and respecting the game too much not to play. "I'm gonna win this game, dude. Watch this." Hey, they don't call it 'Survivor' for nothing!

Watch the video after the jump.

Read More

Chillin' Like A Survivor Villain

by Stephanie Earp, posted Feb 16th 2010 5:24PM

I am loving the latest season of 'Survivor'.

For one thing, every time I think about it, I get 'Heroes and Villains', the Brian Wilson song, in my head. For the uninitiated, have a listen. Now you can sing that in your head (or out loud if you're really talented) when the tribes march in for the next challenge.

For another, I love Boston Rob. Not in a 'TV crush' kind of way. My love for Rob is on a different plane from mere physical affection. It's the love that comes from watching countless hours of reality television and finding the characters grotesquely human - they change their minds, are inconsistent, or give up midway through a task because they are tired or hungry. Rob suffers from none of these problems. He behaves the way a written character would, God bless him. He even managed that most difficult of storylines, the unattainable girl, with aplomb.

Read More

Boston Rob on 'Survivor': Not Such a Villain, But Still an Awesome Player

by Kelly Woo, posted Feb 12th 2010 9:45AM
Boston Rob SurvivorLast night's 'Survivor: Heroes vs. Villain' premiere featured many of our favorite former players (Tom! Rupert! Cirie!), but we have to admit that the one we most wanted to see again was infamous "Boston" Rob Mariano.

Boston Rob, as you may recall, has competed already in two previous seasons of 'Survivor' -- season 4's 'Marquesas' and season 8's 'All-Stars.' There, he met and fell in love with fellow contestant Amber Brkich, who ended up winning the big prize while he took second place. As a couple, they competed in two seasons of 'The Amazing Race.'

Read More

Best TV of the '00s: Reality Participant / Contestant

by Annie Wu, posted Dec 29th 2009 7:02PM
the osbourne familyMore of our best of the decade coverage, which started earlier today. You can read the other posts at the link above. Here, we talk about our favorite reality contestants and participants.

Whether we like it or not, the '00s introduced us to a new form of celebrity: the reality star. In previous decades, the closest we got to this were especially entrancing personalities from MTV's Real World. These people gained fame for acting like well-crafted exaggerations of their real selves.

Faster than you can say, "I didn't come here to make friends," networks picked up on the public's fascination with reality TV like Survivor and they pushed it to the popularity that it has reached today. Now, reality shows barely reflect what happens in normal people's lives but are generally more like high-concept game shows or extremely scripted improvs. But people keep watching, because the personalities are big and captivating.

Yup. Strategic footage editing does wonders. Here are some of our personal favorites from the genre, but feel free to comment with your own worthy additions!

Read More

How Does Russell Rank Against the Best 'Survivor' Players Ever?

by David Hofstede, posted Dec 18th 2009 7:15PM

We'll soon know whether Russell Hantz's ruthless game play will make him the winner of 'Survivor: Samoa.' If he doesn't win, he certainly deserved to -- no one's played the game better this season.

Some fans are already anointing Russell as the best 'Survivor' contestant ever ... but win or lose, some of us aren't ready to go that far. How does he stack up against previous players, all of whom could give Russell and his hidden idol-finding ways a run for the million? Hopefully, some will actually do so when the series returns for a 20th edition all-star season this spring.

Read More

Survive this: Rob and Amber have a baby

by Allison Waldman, posted Aug 4th 2009 9:04AM
Rob_Amber_Mariano_CBSRomance on reality TV is rarely as real as the producers want us to think. However, at least one romance seems to be the real thing: Rob and Amber from Survivor.

They met on Survivor, thrived on The Amazing Race, flopped on their own show, but have remained a happily married couple four years after they wed. Now the game really begins for these two reality TV vets. Rob and Amber Mariano are the proud parents of newborn Lucia Rose.

Little Lucia was born July 4 in Pensacola, and chances are she's going to be raised as a Red Sox fan. Considering how difficult Survivor and The Amazing Race are, and how well Rob and Amber did on both shows, raising a kid should be a piece of cake.

Read More

Rob and Amber not done with reality television

by Anna Johns, posted Mar 18th 2007 1:33PM
rob mariano; amber mariano; romberReality television has become a career for Rob Mariano and Amber Brkich-Mariano. Although they were eliminated on last week's episode of The Amazing Race, they recently gave an interview to People magazine about their plans for the future. Of course, it involves more reality television for the both of them. Mariano said that they couple may be back for a second season of their reality show, Against All Odds, and that they're also planning something that could "be huge".

The couple originally hooked up on Survivor: All-Stars, where Rob proposed to Amber when she won. Since then, they've been on a season of The Amazing Race (and almost won), and they also had a reality show about planning their wedding.

I actually like these two as a couple and I don't think they're bad people. I enjoyed them on Survivor and The Amazing Race, but I didn't watch their wedding show because I honestly didn't care. I like how Rob plays dirty and Amber pretends to be an angel until it gets down to the nitty gritty and she plays dirty, too.

Do you guys want more Rob & Amber?

Read More