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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 - 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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Survivor: Say Goodbye to Gabon (season finale)

by Jackie Schnoop, posted Dec 15th 2008 3:24AM
Survivor Gabon comes to an end.
(S17E14) Way to go, CBS. Give us an overly long three-hour season finale and reunion show of Survivor, and let football delay its start for a half-hour on the East Coast. Just once couldn't they have shortened 60 Minutes? Yeah, I'm cranky. I watched the show as it aired and now it's way late as I get it written up. CBS could console me by inviting me to the next finale, which should be held in NYC. Do you hear me, CBS? My crankiness aside, tonight's show was both surprising and refreshing, with a few odd quirks along the way. Read on!

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Survivor Micronesia: Stir the Pot (season finale)

by Jackie Schnoop, posted May 12th 2008 1:08AM
The final four women stand tall on Survivor Micronesia
(S16E14) "May the best woman win." - Amanda

Well, this surely was a season of blindsides on Survivor Micronesia, wasn't it? Down to the finale, it just went on and on. After the excitement we had all season due to the strategical game play, I felt tonight's finale was a bit lackluster and full of filler. No, I'm not fussing just because my favorite didn't win. Heck, if that were the case, I would have been gone when Yau-Man hit the dust! Read on past the jump for my full review of the finale.

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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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The Root of All Evil - the pilot taping

by Julia Ward, posted Apr 7th 2007 1:06PM
Lewis Black Root of All EvilIt's pilot season in Los Angeles, which means it's time for underemployed writers to slip on their parkas and head into sub-Artic studios to attend the tapings of television shows that may never see the light of day.

The novelty of attending a pilot taping wears off pretty quickly. If you've ever attended the taping of any television show, you know that there is a copious amount of waiting involved. Sitting and waiting and freezing. Picking out which audience members were bussed in versus which ones actually know what show they're attending can only occupy you for so long.

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Police arrest man for robbing Lost's Josh Holloway

by Anna Johns, posted Jun 14th 2006 9:59PM
josh hollowayThe man accused of robbing Josh Holloway and his wife at their Oahu home could be going to jail for a long time. A jury indicted Ruben E. Royce, 21, with 30 felony counts for a crime spree back in October that included holding Holloway and his wife at gunpoint while he robbed their home. The robber stole money, credit cards, and Holloway's Mercedes (which he ditched a short time later). Royce was arrested less than a week after the incident, following a stand-off near an elementary school that ended with the police shooting Royce with pepper spray and rubber bullets. Royce is also accused of breaking into an apartment near the University of Hawaii where, when tenants blocked the door, he shot into the apartment to get inside. Yikes! That's one bad dude.

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Robert Blake is out of money

by Anna Johns, posted Feb 4th 2006 7:17PM
robert blake bankruptNot surprisingly, the former Baretta star has filed for bankruptcy. Robert Blake owes his wife's children $30 million, because, a little over two months ago, a civil court jury found he "intentionally caused" her death. However, he was acquitted of killing his wife, Bonny Lee Bakley, by a criminal jury in March.

In his bankruptcy filing, Blake lists his debts as the $30 million judgment, $1.3 million in federal taxes, and $300,000 in state taxes. Last year, he paid his attorney $250,000 in legal fees- a price tag the attorney says he put a cap on. Blake's only assets are $100,000 and $500,000. He's currently sharing an apartment in San Fernando Valley with his publicist. One of his adult daughters has adopted the 5-year-old daughter he had with Bakley.

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Richard Hatch found guilty of tax evasion

by Anna Johns, posted Jan 25th 2006 5:39PM
Not only was Richard Hatch found guilty of not paying taxes on his $1 million prize for winning Survivor, he was handcuffed and taken into custody because a judge decided he's a flight risk. Today a Rhode Island jury also found him guilty of not paying taxes on $327,000 he earned co-hosting a Boston radio show (dude, I want that gig!) and $28,000 he made by renting out his property. He was acquitted on mail fraud charges relating to a charity he operates. Hatch could spend up to 13 years in prison and pay a fine of up to $600,000. His sentencing is April 28.

This is no surprise, considering his lawyer's "defense". In closing arguments, Hatch's own lawyer called his client the "world's worst bookkeeper" and said that Hatch never meant to do anything wrong. I'd say Hatch hired the "world's worst lawyer". Is there a mug for that?

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Richard Hatch's tax evasion trial begins

by Anna Johns, posted Jan 11th 2006 9:52AM
The very first winner of Survivor could be headed for prison. Richard Hatch is accused of not paying income tax on his $1 million prize and on other income. Hatch is also accused of spending money on himself that had been earmarked for a charity that he helped create. Charges include tax evasion, filing a false tax return, wire fraud, bank fraud and mail fraud.

Hatch and his youthful-looking boytoy attorney appeared in court on Tuesday as the task of jury selection began. Media reports say, when potential jurors entered the courtroom, a lot of them appeared to recognize Hatch and whispered to each other. I think I know what they were saying: "I've seen that man naked."

Jury selection continues today, then opening arguments should begin on Thursday. The trial is expected to last up to three weeks.

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Note to jurors: CSI is a TV show

by Adam Finley, posted Jun 19th 2005 5:06PM

Ed Treleven writes in the Wisconsin State Journal about a new trend among jurors who seem to have trouble differentiating between television and real life. It seems that the popularity of shows like CSI: Crime Scene Investigation; CSI: Miami; CSI: NY; and CSI: Plus Calcium have resulted in more juries demanding forensic evidence, something that has prosecutors mildly concerned. The general consensus so far, however, is that CSI and its various offshoots have yet to cripple the American court system.

The only "danger" I see in CSI is that it seems to do for forensics what Indiana Jones did for archeology, which is to make a redundant and arduous job look thrilling and exciting. That's just blatant false advertising, especially when everyone knows the most exciting, action-packed job ever is "beaver orthodontist." Why haven't they made a show about that?

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