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Survivor China: A Slippery Little Sucker (season finale)

by Jackie Schnoop, posted Dec 17th 2007 12:31AM
Courtney from Survivor China(S15E13) Well, this is it. Who's going to win it all on Survivor China -- the schemer, the lunch lady, the beauty queen, or the waitress long shot? Now, if I were a wagering woman, I could have won some money on this one. As with the first season with Richard Hatch, I picked the winner from the first episode. So, I'm two for fifteen. I guess I should ask Jean-Robert how those odds do in the real world, eh?

Ah, but I won't say a word about the winner before the jump. I know how dangerous that can be.

But I was right. 'Nuff said.

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Survivor China: Hello, I'm Still a Person!

by Jackie Schnoop, posted Dec 14th 2007 2:02AM
Amanda and Peih-Gee from Survivor China(S15E12) We're getting down to the wire for the Survivor China season. Tonight's show determined the final four and the big finale and reunion shows are on this Sunday night starting at 8 PM ET/PT.

Although I really love the locale this season, it hasn't been shaping up to be on my top favorite seasons list for the show. I will declare right now, no matter who wins it all, I like it better than Vanuatu.

That isn't saying much, though.

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Survivor China: Going for the Oscar

by Jackie Schnoop, posted Dec 6th 2007 11:41PM
Courtney from Survivor China(S15E11) Is it possible for Courtney from Survivor China to lose any more weight? I think my bones are fatter than she is. Okay, I understand that she's always been a thin person, but this is getting downright skeletal. Todd isn't doing all that much better. In Todd's case, his head is too big for his body now. Well, his head is pretty big because he thinks his game play is all that, too.

You see, if you go in with a healthy weight like Denise, you remain much more substantial should you make it near the end. If I were ever to go on the show, I think I'd prefer to go in sturdy and use the show as a weight loss program. But to go in skinny is just silly.

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Survivor China: Just Don't Eat the Apple

by Jackie Schnoop, posted Nov 15th 2007 11:51PM
Survivor - there's a rat in China(S15E09) Whatever you do, don't eat the apple. Eat the fried chicken, the mashed potatoes, the cheeseburgers, and the fries. You can even quaff the beer. But you know what happens when you eat the apple.

As expected, the biblical words of wisdom came from James. But to whom was he referring? A lot must be happening behind the scenes with the quasi-couplings going on. Must we be like the Letterman question?

"Was there any hanky-panky going on?"

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Survivor China: High School Friends Contest

by Jackie Schnoop, posted Nov 8th 2007 11:58PM
James from Survivor China(S15E08) Last week the tribes (Zhan Hu and Fei Long) merged on Survivor China. Jaime was voted off and became the first member of the jury. That would lead us to this week with fewer members of the weaker Zhan Hu tribe, especially since Frosti has all but become a Fei Long since he was kidnapped. Fei Long has the numbers and the strength to survive challenges.

So, that would leave us with the real question at hand going into tonight's episode ...

Will the ex-Fei Long members pick off the ex-Zhan Hu members one by one, leaving Frosti for last out of a sense of loyalty? Or, will they turn on their own numbers to eliminated a threat?

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Survivor China: I'm Not as Dumb as I Look

by Jackie Schnoop, posted Nov 2nd 2007 12:01AM
Survivor China's skinny gal Courtney(S15E07) Oh, I so love it when karma comes around and bites someone in the butt, don't you? Tonight's Survivor China had such a moment that it's destined to go in the show's archives as a classic, yet hilarious, blunder.

It was Yau-Man Chan's original plan during his season gone into motion through sneaky actions and dumb mistakes. And, after watching tonight's show, it couldn't have happened to a more deserving person.

We all saw the promos. Instead of being as smart as she thinks, it turns out that Jaime might be more dumb than anyone ever thought possible. After all, I didn't think she was dumb. Well, not until ...

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Survivor China: That's Love, Baby! It Makes You Strong!

by Jackie Schnoop, posted Oct 25th 2007 11:41PM
Todd Herzog from Survivor China(S15E06) Now that I've been reviewing Survivor: China using the actual episode titles, I have to worry that the world might run out of exclamation points. Everything is always so ... so ... emphatic in these titles. Perhaps the castaways, Courtney in particular, should save energy and not exclaim so much. I mean, after all, there has to be wasted calories, right? Todd doesn't have much meat on his bones, either.

At least it won't be a reenactment of the Donner Party, I guess. Although that might be better than the seasonal gross foods challenge which took place in tonight's episode.

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Survivor China: Love is in the Air

by Jackie Schnoop, posted Oct 18th 2007 11:21PM
It's Survivor. It's China. It's Survivor China.(S15E05) Well, they definitely have some schemers and plotters playing the game this season on Survivor China. Oh, and it's neat to see pandas resting in the trees, too. Oh, no! What if the castaways get really hungry? Run, panda, run! No, I don't think they're allowed to eat pandas, but it's not likely that they'd be able to catch one either. I apologize for the false alarm. That was cruel of me.

Not as cruel as Jaime and Peih Gee came across on tonight's episode, mind you. I was obviously joshing while they deliberately laughed as they ruined someone's chances at a million dollars. I know the game can be cut throat, but ... sheesh.

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Survivor China: I Lost Two Hands and Possibly a Shoulder!

by Jackie Schnoop, posted Oct 4th 2007 11:12PM
Wet and wild Rewards Challenge on Survivor China
(S15E03) Well, tonight's Survivor China certainly wasn't an exception to the rule. What rule, you might ask? I'm talking about the rule which necessitates either wet or muddy very physical challenges in direct correlation to the amount of clothing available to the female contestants. Throw in a chunky naked guy and call it a show!

Now, I'm just not being fair here. There was more to the show than that. But, for the love of all things good and decent, get Sherea (in particular) some clothes, CBS! Please, I'm begging here. I do not want to see what that woman's panties and bra will look like as time goes on. That's the stuff of nightmares!

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The latest Survivor China spoilers

by Jackie Schnoop, posted Sep 29th 2007 11:02AM
Survivor 15 - ChinaSpoilers, rumors, and foilers, oh my! With the internet at the hands of fans, secrets aren't always too secret these days. While scripted shows like Lost might possibly put out their own foilers -- red herrings to lead the audiences astray -- often the spoilers for shows such as Survivor or The Amazing Race are more spot on. In the case of the latter, too many people see the bits and pieces of the race as it goes through the countries.

This season's Survivor China actually inadvertently put out some of the first spoilers right in their own promotional videos on the official website. Maybe it wasn't so inadvertently, but you don't film in the challenge-making offices with information which can be enlarged and sharpened. Heh. There are websites like Survivor Fever and Survivor Skills who have a track record for accurate spoilers, as well as online wagering websites who have shut down betting due to odd patterns. Read on for severe show spoilers ...

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Out of the Blogosphere

by Bob Sassone, posted Sep 23rd 2007 1:59PM

Tattoo and Mr. RoarkeWhat's happening on other blogs via the interweb:

  • Campbell Brown's new CNN show is going to premiere in February, not November.
  • Former TV Newser editor Brian Stelter has a new TV blog at the NY Times site, TV Decoder.
  • George Clooney had to go to the ER the other day.
  • Jaime Weinman has some interesting trivia about Phyllis (and video from the show too).
  • Cracked picks the 10 most deranged sidekicks, including Smithers from The Simpsons and Tattoo from Fantasy Island.
  • Will Maya Rudolph return to Saturday Night Live when the new season starts next weekend?
  • Buddy TV has an interview with Chicken from Survivor: China.

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Survivor: China gets lowest premiere ratings in show's history

by Bob Sassone, posted Sep 21st 2007 4:21PM

Survivor logoDid you watch Survivor: China last night?

The season premiere of the CBS reality show got a 4.9 rating among adults 18 to 49 (the juicy demographic the networks love). Even though it was the highest rated show last night, it was down 25% from the "Cook Islands" season and down 14% from the "Fiji" season.

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Survivor China: A Chicken's a Little Bit Smarter (season premiere)

by Jackie Schnoop, posted Sep 20th 2007 11:41PM
Survivor China(S15E01) I think it might take me a bit longer to warm up to this latest season of Survivor. Don't get me wrong -- I am indeed an addict. But I miss the days of the two-hour premiere. When it's all over and the first boot is at the end of an hour, I feel strangely unfulfilled.

Oh, I'm entertained. I definitely see some interesting possibilities coming from the China setting and the castaways themselves. But, after tonight's episode, I have some reservations, too.

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Survivor China spoilers abound

by Jackie Schnoop, posted Sep 20th 2007 7:48PM
Survivor 15 - ChinaOkay, I'm the kind of person who likes to take a quick peek at the end of a novel as I'm reading it. For some reason it doesn't seem to spoil the journey along the way for me. Perhaps I'm impatient; perhaps I just want to assure myself it will be worth the trip. I just don't know.

I'm the same way with my favorite television shows. Sing along with me ...
Listen ... oo-ah-oo
Do you want to know some spoilers ... oo-ah-oo
Do you promise not to tell ... oo-ah-oo
Closer, let me whisper in your ear ...

Beware -- extreme Survivor China spoilers after the jump!

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More scantily clad Survivor castaways this year?

by Jackie Schnoop, posted Sep 20th 2007 1:21PM
Survivor 15 ChinaSay it ain't so! Survivor China (as well as every other season) host Jeff Probst recently answered some questions posed by TV Tattler's Angel Cohn. Now, are there folks who watch the show just to see scantily-clad women? Who out there does that?

I realize the main reason that they don't shoot the show in a colder environment is because the castaways would have to be all bundled up and that's apparently bad for television ratings. How shallow have we become?

Jeff answered some questions about the clothing -- or lack thereof -- in the interview and I bring to you those answers ... and my two cents!

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