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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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Survivor: Cook Islands: This Tribe Will Self-Destruct in 5, 4, 3... (season finale)

by Deidre Woollard, posted Dec 18th 2006 2:04AM
survivor(S13E14) Ah, we've reached the end of a very satisfying season of Survivor. It was one of my favorites in a long time because there were some incredibly strong players out there and some very sharp moves. The main twist of the finale is the introduction of a final three instead of a final two. While it doesn't really impact the voting I think it did mean that two of the most deserving got into the finale rather than one strong player picking the player they believe they can beat.

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Survivor: Cook Islands: I Have An Advantage... For Once

by Deidre Woollard, posted Dec 15th 2006 7:37AM
(S13E13) We are down to it now. And the real question is how are they going to resolve the finale. With only one episode left and more players than we are used to seeing there definitely have to be additional tribal councils during the finale. This episode wasn't that exciting despite some two interesting challenges but the finale looks to be epic, especially since someone from the old Aitu is finally going to have to get voted out.

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Survivor: Cook Islands: People That You Like Want to See You Suffer

by Deidre Woollard, posted Nov 17th 2006 10:04AM
(S13E08) I have a tendency to root for the underdog. Usually it's deeply frustrating. Cheering on Aitu, however, is the most transcendent underdog experience I have ever had. Sure, they are outnumbered but they are adorable and they have this amazing tendency to win even though the usual laws of Survivor mean that they should be slowly picked off. And maybe, just maybe, Yul is the perfect Survivor contestant (provided he doesn't blow it in the crucial coming weeks).

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Survivor: Cook Islands: Mutiny

by Deidre Woollard, posted Nov 10th 2006 8:54AM
survivor nate(S13E08) After a few weeks when the whole tribes-divided-by-race thing seemed like a non-story, the racial divisions of the first tribes reared their ugly heads as Jonathan began dreaming of an all-white world. At the start of the episode, Jonathan campaigns against Ozzy and then at first opportunity with Candice starts spinning a plan for a whites-only final four with Adam and Parvati over at Raro. Mutiny is the order of the day and squinty little Candice lets her lust for Adam, the all-American doofus, help her shake up the game.

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Survivor: Cook Islands: Why Aren't You Swimming?!

by Deidre Woollard, posted Nov 3rd 2006 6:57AM
survivor(S13E07) Were I stuck on Survivor this season there is one rule I would follow: shut your yap. I don't think I've seen a season before where free speech could get you in so much trouble. Blowing a challenge doesn't get you voted out this season but tooting your own horn or speaking your mind is a deadly offense.

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Survivor: Cook Islands: Dire Straits and Dead Weight

by Deidre Woollard, posted Sep 22nd 2006 7:14AM
yul(S13E02) The social experiment continues on week two. The tribes may be divided by race but that doesn't mean that there are not other prejudices in play. If anything the racial division seems to compel the tribes to turn on each other even more in an effort to display the best possible version of their race to the world. Which begs the question, is the usual backstabbing and cliquish behavior more uncomfortable to watch if you know that the tribes have been purposefully grouped by race?

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Survivor: Cook Islands: Premiere

by Deidre Woollard, posted Sep 15th 2006 6:55AM
survivor(S13E01) Here we are folks, at the everso controversial racially-divided Survivor. So far, it's all fairly tame, after all everyone is always polite in the beginning, but there are definitely some standout tribe members. With firewood, fish traps, a live chicken or two all up for grabs, we start with the scramble off the ship as the tribes make their way to their separate islands.

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Survivor racial split eyed by white supremacist groups

by Joel Keller, posted Sep 4th 2006 9:58AM
Survivor: Cook Islands cast
Say what you will about the intentions of Survivor creator Mark Burnett, but the man knows how to generate attention. His controversial split of this year's Survivor contestants into racially-oriented teams is not only garnering notice from media members who have essentially forgotten about the show, but it's also getting attention from some other unexpected groups. For example, white supremacist message boards are abuzz about the new season, according to TV Week. Some groups are looking at this season with some hope that the White or Caucasian or whatever they're calling that team will come out on top this year, while others are thinking that the show will show their "own kind" in a bad light.

Either way, this activity worries the civl rights group Southern Poverty Law Center, which thinks that this is evidence that the split is already encouraging these groups: "[The format] plays into the hands of many people in this country who have racist feelings," says a group official. Here's what I wonder, though: what's going to happen once they mix the tribes in the second or third episode, which is what many people think is going to happen? Will the buzz from these groups die down or get worse? However it turns out, it'll be fascinating to watch.

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Here is your new Survivor cast

by Joel Keller, posted Aug 23rd 2006 12:39PM
Survivor Cook Islands cast
Take a good look at these people. They seem strong and content right now, but in a few months they're going to be dirty, emcaciated, irritable, and just a little bit evil. It's that time of year again, kids: meet the new cast of Survivor!

CBS.com has some details about the cast of the 13th (!) edition of the show, which will take place on the Cook Islands, but not many. Among the cast, we have a boxer/waitress, a volleyball instructor, a guitarist in a heavy metal band (can you identify him in the picture? It's hard, I know), a nail salon manager, and someone who is being called an "actress/rollergirl." The teams in this edition will be divided by race (I shit you not; read about it here), which has been generating some controversy, but there aren't too many more twists that Mark Burnett can come up with at this point. I might actually tune in for once, since I haven't watched the show since Richard Hatch won. How's he doing, by the way?

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