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A Tribal Council Fight on 'Survivor: Nicaragua' (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Nov 11th 2010 12:25AM
A Tribal Council Fight on 'Survivor: Nicaragua' On 'Survivor: Nicaragua' (Wed., 8PM ET on CBS), the players dealt with the fallout from last week's episode. Last time around, NaOnka Mixon stole a bunch of the tribe's food. Somehow, she avoided being kicked off for this crime, but tonight she faced elimination again. Would she survive?

[Warning: Spoiler alert.]


Marty Piombo led the charge to get rid of NaOnka. Generally, Marty schemes too much and over-thinks the game. Still, he did have a point. After all, NaOnka stole the tribe's food and buried it in the sand. He tried to forge an alliance that would eliminate her once and for all. But he failed to take one crucial factor into account.

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Stealing the Tribe's Food on 'Survivor' (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Nov 4th 2010 7:10AM
Stealing the Tribe's Food on 'Survivor'The two tribes merged into one on 'Survivor: Nicaragua' (Wed., 8PM ET on CBS). The unification of the players could have been a time for camaraderie and friendship. Instead, it turned into an opportunity for betrayal.

[Warning: Spoiler alert.]


Teams Espada and La Flor merged into the single "Libertad" tribe (it means "freedom" in Spanish). There was a feast to celebrate, but then NaOnka decided to "liberate" the tribe's food. NaOnka was annoyed that she had to cook tortillas, and that other players were taking "big a** bites," while only leaving her with a small tortilla of her own.

As revenge, she stole the tribe's flour, then made the added decision to grab pretty much everything else: a bowl, a frying pan, utensils, some fruit ... "It tastes better when you're stealing it!" she said, while taking a huge bite out of an apple.

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Why 'Survivor' Outwits, Outplays and Outlasts

by Stephanie Earp, posted Nov 1st 2010 7:00PM


'Survivor: Nicaragua' is not going to go down in history as one of the better seasons of the show -- it's been fairly dull, with the 'Young vs. Old' idea working out in a predictable way, and no truly dastardly villains or saintly heroes have made themselves known. In a few days, the tribes will merge, and I still can't keep all 12 remaining players straight.

And yet it somehow manages to be pretty good television. How?

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'Survivor: Nicaragua' -- It's a Crazy Game, Anything Can Happen (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Oct 28th 2010 8:30AM
'Survivor: Nicaragua' -- It's a Crazy Game, Anything Can HappenSometimes, we don't get the players on 'Survivor: Nicaragua.' Yes, the contestants are tired. Yes, they're sunburned (or, alternately, drenched in rain). Yes, they're hungry. But that doesn't excuse some of the choices made on the show.

[Warning: Spoiler alert.]

On the new episode (Wed., 8PM ET on CBS), there was the issue of the immunity idol. You don't need a Master's Degree in Idols to get this concept. Having one will give you immunity. But contestant Marty Piombo was confused. Previously, Marty resisted using his idol -- even when he was nearly eliminated. But tonight, he took a wild risk.

Piombo gave the idol to Matthew "Sash" Lenahan -- in return for Sash's promise to not vote him off. Marty traded in a sure thing, while trusting a person he had no reason to trust. And during the tribal council, Sash revealed his true colors. Jeff Probst asked if Sash would ever give "his" new idol to an ally, and Lenahan made a "Freudian slip."

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'Survivor: Nicaragua' -- Feast or Famine (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Oct 21st 2010 12:10AM
'Survivor: Nicaragua' -- Feast or FamineThere was double trouble on the new 'Survivor: Nicaragua' (Wed., 8PM ET on CBS). We had double eliminations, double immunity ... and attempts at a double-cross.

[Warning: Spoiler alert.]

This was a double elimination episode, so both teams were heading to Tribal Council, no matter what. But first, the players competed in an individual ring-toss challenge. The winner's tribe would get the prize of a delicious feast. Jill defeated Holly -- so team La Flor won again!

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'Survivor: Nicaragua' -- The Latest Elimination Gets "Emotional" (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Oct 7th 2010 6:35AM
'Survivor: Nicaragua' -- The Latest Elimination Gets 'Emotional'On the previous 'Survivor: Nicaragua,' (Wed., 8PM ET on CBS), the Espada tribe voted off their supposed "leader" -- former pro football coach Jimmy Johnson. The coach was eliminated after fighting with the always grouchy Jimmy Tarantino. "Jimmy T." couldn't stand the fact that Johnson got to call all the shots -- and his constant moaning led to the coach's departure.

But with Johnson gone, team Espada had no clear leader. The question on tonight's show was this: Who would fill the leadership void?

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Beanbags, Barrels, and a Surprising Elimination on 'Survivor: Nicaragua' (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Sep 30th 2010 1:06AM
Beanbags, Barrels, and a Surprising Elimination on 'Survivor: Nicaragua'Last time on 'Survivor: Nicaragua' (Wed., 8PM ET on CBS), Shannon made the highly questionable decision of launching into a homophobic rant during the Tribal Council. This shocked the other players, and considerably simplified the decision of who to kick off. And so, Shannon swiftly got the boot. But now, it's Week Three, and the elimination this time around was a bit more ... unexpected.

[Warning: Spoiler alert.]

The challenge on tonight's show involved barrels and beanbags. Our teams of young people and older people had to collect 10 barrels, arrange them in a pattern, then toss beanbags on top of them. For Team Espada (i.e., "Team Old People"), this seemed like a good time for coach Jimmy Johnson to show off his frequently praised "leadership skills." Unfortunately, things didn't work out so well.

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'Survivor: Nicaragua' -- A Crazily Homophobic Speech Gets a Player Ejected (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Sep 23rd 2010 2:17AM
'Survivor: Nicaragua' -- A Crazily Homophobic Speech Gets a Player EjectedIf we've learned anything in this life, it's that "telling it like it is" is almost always a bad idea. Especially on a competitive reality TV show, where your essential goal is to not offend everyone around you. But a couple of contestants on 'Survivor: Nicaragua' (Wed., 8PM ET on CBS) haven't managed to learn this lesson yet.

[Warning: Spoiler alert.]

On this season's first episode, Wendy was the first player booted off the show, after she committed the cardinal sin of talking way too much. And go figure -- the same thing happened again tonight. Right before the Tribal Council held their vote, team La Flor member Shannon decided to start yapping about his personal thoughts. This might have worked out okay ... if it wasn't for the fact that Shannon is a horrible bigot.

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'Survivor: Nicaragua' Premiere -- Youth Versus Age (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Sep 16th 2010 12:50AM
'Survivor: Nicaragua' Premiere -- Youth Versus AgeAnd we're back for the one hundred and forty-seventh season of 'Survivor'! (Okay, it's actually only the 21st season of the show. Still, it seems like it's been a long time since Richard Hatch first schemed his way to victory.) 'Survivor: Nicaragua' (Wed., 8PM ET on CBS) features a couple of new twists -- and one of them really throws the contestants for a loop.

The first new twist: the introduction of "the Medallion of Power." This is indeed a super-cool name for a medallion, but all it does is provide an slight advantage for a tribe when starting an immunity challenge. Once the medallion is used, ownership of it then passes over to the other tribe. Former NFL cheerleader Brenda Lowe finds the medallion, and the members of her "team" are pretty pleased. ... Until some of them learn that they're not actually on her team at all.

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New 'Survivor: Nicaragua' Cast Features Coach Jimmy Johnson & Female Amputee (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted Aug 9th 2010 3:25PM
On 'The Early Show' (weekdays, 7AM ET on CBS), 'Survivor: Nicaragua' host Jeff Probst introduced several cast members from the upcoming 21st season and explained this season's twist.

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What Is 'TV's Greatest Surprise'? (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Jun 16th 2010 11:55PM
What Is 'TV's Greatest Surprise'?We've had a lot of shocking moments in the history of television. There was the time that man first walked on the moon. That was pretty amazing for all concerned. ... Or there was the time that the sitcom 'Joey' was canceled. No one saw that coming; who would have thought a Matt LeBlanc-based sitcom could fail? Okay, it wasn't really shocking at all; we just wanted to make fun of 'Joey.' We admit it.

But what is the most surprising moment ever? That's the question on 'TV's Greatest Surprises: A Paley Center for Media Special' (Wed., 8PM ET on CBS). And your winner is ...

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Shifting Alliances on 'Survivor' (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted May 13th 2010 11:45PM
Shifting Alliances on 'Survivor'With only six contestants left, 'Survivor' (Thu., 8PM ET on CBS) is heading for the finish line. Everything is up for grabs and anything can change at any given moment.

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'Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains' - 'Jumping Ship' Recap

by Jackie Schnoop, posted Apr 29th 2010 10:30PM
Sandra schemes against Russell in tonight's episode
(S20E11) While this season of 'Survivor' is supposed to be the epic battle between good and evil, that's not really how it's going down. We've got a mish-mash going on here, folks. We have had some decent folks in the villain camp, some evil in the heroes, villains battling villains as heroes take on their fellow heroes. The battle lines were drawn, smudged and are now almost completely obliterated. It's a ball of confusion or, as an ex-'Big Brother' houseguest would put it -- 'a spool of lies.'

A good guy like JT upped his game and decided to think this season. That did him in. Overall, the villains have had a lot more going on than the heroes. Tonight we're in for the big smackdown between Sandra and Russell. But that surely won't be the only brouhaha, will it?

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'Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains' - 'Going Down in Flames' Recap

by Jackie Schnoop, posted Apr 23rd 2010 11:55AM
(S20E10) This season of 'Survivor' isn't going quite how I expected. Of course, that could be a good thing. Although I'm basically a force for good (yes, really), on my reality shows I have to admire evil strategies and schemes when they're executed well. In my own reality, I don't care for mean people. But when you consider the types of folks going on competition reality shows, the nice people can get downright boring to watch. The schemers other than Evil Russell are just getting started. Hang on, folks. We may be in for a wild ride!

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'Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains' - ' Survivor History' Recap

by Jackie Schnoop, posted Apr 16th 2010 12:02AM
JT is a part of 'Survivor' history
(S20E09) Oh my. JT looks a bit disturbed in this image from tonight's 'Survivor,' doesn't he? Did he crack another tooth? Not to be posting spoilers in the first paragraph, but I don't think we'll see JT cracking teeth and being a one-man war machine this season. We've seen his whacked-out game strategy for the season already. He went from the nice guy, loved and admired by all, and winner of his original season to ... I don't know.

His own tribe doesn't trust him to the point of Amanda declaring him the "slimiest" person on the tribe last week. He's flipped, he's flopped. But tonight he has an epiphany and a brilliant idea. We'll see just how brilliant it is soon enough.

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