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Russell Hantz' Brother Visits Brandon, Isn't Pleased on 'Survivor' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Dec 8th 2011 1:00AM
'Survivor: South Pacific' - 'Ticking Time Bomb'The final six made it to the loved ones visit on 'Survivor: South Pacific' (Wed., 8PM ET on CBS). While the producers didn't bring in the notorious Russell Hantz to visit his nephew, Brandon's father Sean did stop by and prove that the Hantz brothers think a lot alike.

Sean Hantz was flabbergasted to hear that his son was more concerned about setting an example for Christ and viewers than he was about winning the prize.

"What are you here for then?" he asked his son. "You came here to win a million dollars. Let's not lose perspective."

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Brandon Hantz Breaks Down Talking About His Uncle Russell (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Oct 6th 2011 12:45AM
Brandon Hantz, 'Survivor: South Pacific'While the returning contestants seemed to overwhelm the last season of 'Survivor' (Wed., 8PM ET on CBS), Ozzy and Coach haven't been as dominant a presence. Both have built solid positions for themselves, but the rest of the contestants have still managed to stand out as individuals.

!!SPOILER ALERT!!

Brandon Hantz, of course, has gotten a lot of attention as the nephew of notorious two-time villain Russell Hantz. This week, when his tribe lost the Immunity Challenge, Jeff Probst got his first chance to talk to Brandon about his uncle when Brandon admitted he'd come clean to his tribe about his lineage.

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Brandon Hantz Reveals His Secret to His Tribe on 'Survivor' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Sep 29th 2011 12:00AM
'Survivor: South Pacific' - 'Reap What You Sow'Russell Hantz was fascinating to watch because he was so diabolically evil. On 'Survivor: South Pacific' (Wed., 8PM ET on CBS), we're discovering that his nephew Brandon may be an even more fascinating case study.

After failing to get Mikayla eliminated because she's distracting to look at, he tried to come clean to his tribe in an attempt to turn over a new leaf. But all it seemed to do was make his tribe even more wary of him; and especially his closest ally in the game, Coach.

Luckily for Brandon, his tribe won the Immunity Challenge that week, as he once again blew up. He called a second tribal meeting so he could yell at Mikayla in front of everyone and tell her that no one likes her or trusts her. But no one seemed to have much clue what's going on.

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'Survivor' Exit Interview: Risky Business Doesn't Pay

by Audrey Fine, posted Apr 23rd 2010 4:00PM
Bold moves. This 20th all-star season of 'Survivor' has been chock full of them and last night's episode of 'Heroes vs. Villains' was no exception. Fans witnessed one of the gutsiest plays of all time.

Last week, humble Hero John "J.T." Thomas handed off of his immunity idol to consummate Villain Russell Hantz, and the move backfired. Big time. And it led to the 'Survivor: Tocantins' winner being sent to join Courtney Yates and Benjamin "Coach" Wade on the jury.

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A Surprise Idol on 'Survivor' (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Apr 16th 2010 2:00AM
A Surprise Idol on 'Survivor'Could this be the dumbest move ever made on a reality TV show? On tonight's episode of 'Survivor' (Thu., 8PM ET on CBS), the Heroes give an immunity idol to the Villains. No, no, no, no! Not a good idea. Why would you give an idol to the bad guys? And even worse, the idol is handed over to one of the worst bad guys of them all -- Supervillain Russell Hantz.

Watch the video after the jump.

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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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Review: 'Surviving Survivor'

by Jackie Schnoop, posted Feb 5th 2010 1:15AM
'Surviving Survivor' - catching up with the castawaysWhetting our appetites for next week's 'Survivor: Heroes Vs. Villains' season premiere, this evening's 'Surviving Survivor' was definitely an hour worth watching for any true fan of the show. So often clips shows tend to tread the trodden path, but not so much with this one. The focus wasn't merely on the castaways we'll see in the upcoming season, but a look back at the show's history and a peek at what's happening in the lives of some of our favorite 'Survivors' over the years.

I've watched since the first season, and it brought back memories of the phenomenon that was 'Survivor: Borneo.' Fifty-two million viewers, extreme watercooler chat, and the start of the reality competition genre.

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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!

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Best and Worst TV of 2009: Jason's List

by Jason Hughes, posted Dec 21st 2009 5:06PM
Daniel Wright2009 was a good year for television. It offered the resurgence of the comedy on network television, and the continuing growth of original programming on cable. In all honesty, I don't think I could just do a list of what was great and what was horrible on television because I would need pages and pages.

Instead, I'm going to focus on the things that really stood out this year. Sorry, Mad Men fans, but even though this was a great third season and an amazing finale, I expect it at this point. It's the only way I could come up with to keep my list manageable.

Also, as a point of protest I did not include Jon, Kate or the balloon boy hoax. These events got more attention than they deserved already this year, and I feel bad I even mentioned them.

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'Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains': Who Will Be Cast?

by Jason Hughes, posted Dec 21st 2009 9:00AM
Russell HantzDuring last night's telecast of the 'Survivor: Samoa' reunion (full recap here), CBS premiered a teaser for the upcoming 20th cycle of the show, confirming that it would be a second "All-Star" edition after all. Officially titled 'Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains,' the clip showcased virtually every prominent player who's ever been on the show -- certainly more than could fit within the 20 contestant limit.

Fans of the show have been working for months, tracking contestants' Twitter and MySpace accounts, interviewing crew members and possibly even digging through the trash to find out who will actually be cast for next season. In the process, some have wondered whether 'Samoa' runner-up Russell Hantz would be able to appear, the same way Rupert Boneham went straight from 'Pearl Islands' to 'All-Stars.'

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Natalie White Crowned Winner of 'Survivor: Samoa' (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted Dec 21st 2009 8:07AM
Arkansas resident Natalie White was crowned winner of 'Survivor: Samoa' on last night's finale, beating out Texas oil millionaire Russell Hantz and L.A. doctor Mick Trimming to take the $1 million grand prize and title of "sole survivor."

White is a 26-year-old former pharmaceutical saleswoman who quit her job to compete on the show. She has been accused by fellow contestants as riding the coattails of Hantz, who played aggressively and dominated for most of 'Survivor's' 19th season. White says it was her strategy to align with a stronger player and maintain a low profile.

Watch the video after the jump.

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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.

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