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Review: Live for the Moment - Roger Childs (series premiere)

by Michael Pascua, posted Jan 29th 2010 1:20AM
Roger and Jeff Probst on Live for the moment.
(S01E01) Live for the Moment goes for the heartstrings at the first minute. In the premiere episode, we meet Roger Childs who started to suffer from ALS (also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease). Even with his body degenerating, he's managed to continue to be positive for his wife and two children. Jeff Probst arrives, hands the family a journal with several "missions" and hopes that the family will live for the moment.

On paper, the show is basically Phil Keoghan's show No Opportunity Wasted, but with a bigger budget and longer timeline. Live for the Moment is truly a combination of The Bucket List, Big Fish, and Up! The show is saccharine sweet and would have fit perfectly on the Hallmark Channel.

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Phone Troubles Ruin Segment on 'Live With Regis and Kelly' (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted Jan 28th 2010 3:30PM
During 'Live With Regis and Kelly' (weekdays, syndicated), Kelly Ripa and Jeff Probst, who was filling in for Regis Philbin, unsuccessfully attempted to connect with a caller during a segment.

The caller was apparently unable to hear anything through her phone, and asked to be called back.

Watch the video after the jump.

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CBS to Preview 'Survivor vs. Villains' During People's Choice Awards

by Scott Harris, posted Jan 5th 2010 10:52AM
Though reality television as a genre has often been derided by critics in the media, it remains more popular than ever among average television viewers. So what better place for the daddy of all reality shows to debut their next season than 'The People's Choice Awards?'

Yes, according to none other than Jeff Probst himself, 'Survivor' will be airing a special sneak preview of its upcoming 20th season, 'Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains,' during tomorrow's 'People's Choice Awards' broadcast. Probst broke the news via his new twitter feed, opting to forgo his usual communication methods of tree-mail and hand scrawled messages floated out to sea inside an old bottle.

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Best TV of the '00s: Reality Series

by Kona Gallagher, posted Dec 31st 2009 2:02PM
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More of our best of the decade coverage, which started on Tuesday. You can read the other posts at the link above. Here, we talk about a major category that came of age in the aughts: Reality shows.

While I would never call myself a reality TV junkie, it really bugs me when people make blanket statements like, "I hate reality TV," or, "Reality TV is the bane of my existence." The genre has grown so much in the past decade that it has become just like scripted television, in that there's good and there's bad. Even though we're splitting this up into two lists, "Reality," and "Trashy Reality," you won't see a single show that starts with, "Who Wants to Marry" on either list.

This list is dedicated not to the guilty pleasures, but to the shows that you wouldn't be embarrassed for your neighbors to know you watch: the classy reality, if you will. So without further ado, here is TV Squad's list of the best reality shows of the decade.

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CBS makes a surprise choice for the post-Super Bowl spot

by Allison Waldman, posted Dec 21st 2009 10:28AM
cbs_logo_black_whiteOne of the most coveted parcels in prime time real estate is the hour after the broadcast of the Super Bowl. In 2010, CBS has the big game on Sunday, February 7, and after the pads pop and the Vince Lombardi trophy is hoisted, the program that the Tiffany network will air is not one of the usual suspects. The slot won't be used to pump up the next edition of Survivor, as many experts guessed.

It also won't be used to reinforce the success of sophomore drama The Mentalist, nor will the space be handed over to The Big Bang Theory for a one-hour stretched out sitcom episode. And the network isn't going to pump up a slipping series like CSI, which isn't getting the gaudy numbers it did in the William Peterson days. So, what will they run? Follow me after the jump to find out -- and consider this a SPOILER ALERT.

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Review: Survivor Samoa - The Game Ain't Over (season finale)

by Jackie Schnoop, posted Dec 21st 2009 2:02AM
The final five go for the million on Survivor
(S19E14) I suppose it's only fitting and par for Sunday evening programming that the big three-hour Survivor season finale and live reunion show was delayed by football here in the NYC viewing area. No, I won't dwell on it. But, really. CBS, can't you get this scheduling thing down?

What I should dwell on are these skinny legs in the image above. It's a wonder the three guys were able to walk out of there at all. Tonight we went down from five to four to three and then onto the sole survivor in the live voting reveal. Am I pleased about it all? Read on.

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Review: Survivor Samoa - Two Brains Are Better Than One

by Jackie Schnoop, posted Dec 18th 2009 1:38AM
Jeff Probst reads the votes on Survivor Samoa
(S19E13) Mark your calendars now, folks. The big three-hour finale night for Survivor is this Sunday, December 20, starting at 8 PM ET. The night will start off with the two-hour finale followed by the reunion hour. But we still have a few bodies to cast off the island before they face the jury. Will the original Foa Foa Four make it intact to the final four? Will Russell manage to sell his snake oil all the way to the jury and win the million?

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Review: Survivor Samoa - Damage Control

by Jackie Schnoop, posted Dec 11th 2009 1:25AM
Will Mick turn on Russell this week?
(S19E12) Although I wouldn't have said it a month ago, this season of Survivor has been so interesting each week due to a certain snake oil salesman. Mind you, I don't like a lot of what Russell says, especially his misogynistic attitude towards women. But to give credit where credit is due -- he's a master of the game, and this season would have been boring without him. It's got to all catch up to him one day. His own people will turn on him if any of them are serious about wanting a chance at the million dollars. They have to. Could tonight be the night?

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Review: Survivor Samoa - The First 27 Days

by Jackie Schnoop, posted Nov 27th 2009 2:02AM
Russell boasts about his strategy on Survivor Samoa
(S19E11) Oh my. Evil Russell from Survivor looks like some sort of deranged Buddha gone bad in this screen capture from tonight's episode. Tonight, like every Thanksgiving episode, was the clips show boasting previously unseen footage. It's not surprising that they do this each year. With the format of the show, they can't run a real repeat. And, if they were to air a new episode on the holiday, many folks would end up missing it. I'm usually disappointed with the footage shown, but tonight we did have a few surprises and interesting bits -- nothing earth-shattering, mind you.

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Review: Survivor Samoa - The Day of Reckoning

by Jackie Schnoop, posted Nov 20th 2009 12:30AM
Dave, Brett, and Laura worry about Russell's mojo
(S19E10) Now, isn't this a good time to be a Survivor fan? Part of the problem with long-running reality shows is that they've run out of ideas and it's hard to keep things fresh and new. They end up depending on whatever outlandish and over-the-top characters they can line up for the season. Some are a dismal failure. Case in point, "Coach" Ben Wade last year. Sure, he was a nutty kind of guy. But he couldn't play the game well despite all of his bravado. This season is casting done right. And tonight's episode was just as good as last week's show.

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Review: Survivor Samoa - Tastes Like Chicken

by Jackie Schnoop, posted Nov 13th 2009 1:02AM
John looks weary of playing the game on Survivor Samoa
(S19E09) If you haven't watched this episode of Survivor, stop right now. Watch it. Oh, don't go by the expression on John's face. That's the face I had when the show started. Yet now I'm downright perky and alert. For me, this started off being a real iffy season. But, as folks really play the game, I'm all excited about it all over again. Some play it poorly, but there are a few movers and shakers this season.

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Review: Survivor Samoa - All Hell Breaks Loose

by Jackie Schnoop, posted Nov 6th 2009 1:00AM
Russell works his mojo on John
(S19E08) I know this photo might be considered sort of spoilerish for the front page. But since last week's Survivor promo showed the merge going down, I know you all know Evil Russell will attempt to work everyone. Heck, that's what the guy does. To me, he comes off akin to a snake oil salesman. Yet he seems to get people to believe his wily ways. I bet he could have sold a lot of snake oil a century back.

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Review: Survivor Samoa - Houdini Magic

by Jackie Schnoop, posted Oct 30th 2009 12:50AM
Shambo leads Galu to ...
(S19E07) Even though we're down a Russell this week on Survivor, I'll continue to refer to the remaining Russell as "Evil Russell." It just somehow fits even without a confusion of Russells. However, there is just one Shambo. Although she's a good worker in camp and works hard on the challenges, that might be a good thing. One Shambo is quite enough. Perhaps she's just too nice to be on the show. Perhaps she is a bit dim. I just don't know.

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What Happened on 'Survivor' Last Night (Video)

by Kelly Woo, posted Oct 23rd 2009 11:45AM
Survivor SamoaIn what Jeff Probst called the "scariest moment on 19 seasons" of 'Survivor,' contestant Russell Swan collapsed twice and appeared to be on the brink of death. He was the second 'Survivor: Samoa' player after Mike Borassi to be medically evacuated.

After the Galu tribe leader blacked out, Probst declared, "This challenge is over, neither tribe wins reward" -- making it the first time in 'Survivor' history that a challenge was unfinished. And though both teams were sent to tribal council to vote someone off, Probst informed them that everybody would be safe -- this week.

Watch Russell's injury moment from TV's Top 5! after the jump ...

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Review: Survivor Samoa - This Is the Man Test

by Jackie Schnoop, posted Oct 23rd 2009 12:13AM
Dave and Monica watch as Galu Russell passes out
(S19E06) Well, this was the most unusual episode of Survivor I've ever seen. Mind you, I've seen all of them since the first season. I won't get into why it was so unusual until after the jump just in case you've missed all of the hype over the injured castaway in commercials all this week. But it wasn't just the injury which made it unusual. It was all discombobulated.

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