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Russell Hantz' Brother Visits Brandon, Isn't Pleased on 'Survivor' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Dec 8th 2011 1:00AM
'Survivor: South Pacific' - 'Ticking Time Bomb'The final six made it to the loved ones visit on 'Survivor: South Pacific' (Wed., 8PM ET on CBS). While the producers didn't bring in the notorious Russell Hantz to visit his nephew, Brandon's father Sean did stop by and prove that the Hantz brothers think a lot alike.

Sean Hantz was flabbergasted to hear that his son was more concerned about setting an example for Christ and viewers than he was about winning the prize.

"What are you here for then?" he asked his son. "You came here to win a million dollars. Let's not lose perspective."

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Brandon Hantz Breaks Down Talking About His Uncle Russell (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Oct 6th 2011 12:45AM
Brandon Hantz, 'Survivor: South Pacific'While the returning contestants seemed to overwhelm the last season of 'Survivor' (Wed., 8PM ET on CBS), Ozzy and Coach haven't been as dominant a presence. Both have built solid positions for themselves, but the rest of the contestants have still managed to stand out as individuals.

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Brandon Hantz, of course, has gotten a lot of attention as the nephew of notorious two-time villain Russell Hantz. This week, when his tribe lost the Immunity Challenge, Jeff Probst got his first chance to talk to Brandon about his uncle when Brandon admitted he'd come clean to his tribe about his lineage.

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Brandon Hantz Reveals His Secret to His Tribe on 'Survivor' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Sep 29th 2011 12:00AM
'Survivor: South Pacific' - 'Reap What You Sow'Russell Hantz was fascinating to watch because he was so diabolically evil. On 'Survivor: South Pacific' (Wed., 8PM ET on CBS), we're discovering that his nephew Brandon may be an even more fascinating case study.

After failing to get Mikayla eliminated because she's distracting to look at, he tried to come clean to his tribe in an attempt to turn over a new leaf. But all it seemed to do was make his tribe even more wary of him; and especially his closest ally in the game, Coach.

Luckily for Brandon, his tribe won the Immunity Challenge that week, as he once again blew up. He called a second tribal meeting so he could yell at Mikayla in front of everyone and tell her that no one likes her or trusts her. But no one seemed to have much clue what's going on.

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The CW to Pick Up New Reality Series 'H8R,' Russell Hantz Gets A&E Show and More

by Jean Bentley, posted May 16th 2011 11:15AM
The CW logoThe CW has reportedly ordered a new reality series for the fall called 'H8R.'

According to Deadline Hollywood, the show features celebrities trying to win over their biggest detractors. Hosted by Mario Lopez, the first episode of the show features Snooki and Kim Kardashian. 'H8R' will likely be paired with 'America's Next Top Model' on the network's fall schedule.

Meanwhile, the deal to bring Sarah Michelle Gellar to the network with 'Ringer' is done. The network will officially announce its lineup on Thursday morning.

In other TV news ...

Russell Hantz might not have won 'Survivor: Redemption Island,' but the reality star has landed a new series on A&E. 'Flipped' will see Hantz and his family buying and selling houses in the Houston area. [EW]

NBC is still working on that primetime Brian Williams-fronted newsmagazine show. The network president said he'll debut the show once it's fully developed. [THR]

Speaking of NBC, the network's orders for new mid-season comedies 'Bent' and 'BFF' were for six episodes each. Though it'll be harder for the shows to earn loyal audiences from just six episodes, it's worked in the past for peacock comedies like 'The Office.' [Deadline]

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A Tearful Elimination from Redemption Arena on 'Survivor: Redemption Island' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Mar 10th 2011 1:15AM
'Survivor: Redemption Island'Russell Hantz's journey to his third straight finale hit a major speed bump on last week's 'Survivor: Redemption Island' (Wed., 8PM ET on CBS). His own tribe was so determined to get rid of him that they threw the challenge to get him eliminated.

Thanks to the 'Redemption' part of this new season, Hantz wasn't completely eliminated from the game, though. The producers anticipated this possibility, so they stacked the game to allow players a second chance to stay in the game.

So Russell went to 'Redemption Island' where he'd have to face-off against Matt in a challenge to stay in the competition. If he can stay alive through a series of challenges, he can return to the game. One loss, though, and he would be out for good.

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Russell Struggles to Fortify His Alliance on 'Survivor: Redemption Island' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Mar 3rd 2011 5:12AM
Julie Wolfe & Russell Hantz, 'Survivor: Redemption Island'Russell Hantz came into this season of 'Survivor: Redemption Island' (Wed., 8PM ET on CBS) promising to play a kinder and gentler game. The sock-burning and sabatoging his own tribe would be gone. That much he's been true to ... sort of. He's used the "with me or against me" line and he has established his alliance with young girls, but can he get away with it a third time?

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Russell's goal was to keep his tribe strong and dominant in the challenges into the merge, and there was an indication he was wavering on that plan. But the rest of his tribe had other thoughts. So they threw the challenge and concocted a plan to eliminate Russell -- or his ally Stephanie if he happened to have an Immunity Idol.

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'Boston Rob' Mariano Laughs as Phillip Reveals All at the First Tribal Council of 'Survivor: Redemption Island' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Feb 17th 2011 2:45AM
The pre-season buzz for 'Survivor: Redemption Island' (Wed., 8PM ET on CBS) was all about the returns of Russell Hantz and "Boston Rob" Mariano to the game. But in the premiere episode, it was Phillip Sheppard who stole the show with his non-stop insanity.

When Ometepe Tribe lost the Immunity Challenge, Rob's team was sent to Tribal Council. Of course, the three-time 'Survivor' veteran was concerned that he might be the one going, but he had a solid strategy of his own.

Phillip cemented his suspicions with a Tribal Council tirade the likes of which we've never seen before.

"It feels so good to play with you amateurs," Rob said when casting his vote. "You give away so much. You don't even know enough to keep your mouth shut."

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Rob Mariano and Russell Hantz Have a Score to Settle on 'Survivor: Redemption Island' (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted Feb 16th 2011 11:50AM
Rob Mariano and Russell Hantz Have a Score to Settle on 'Survivor: Redemption Island'On 'The Early Show' (weekdays, 7AM ET on CBS), anchor Chris Wragge stirs things up between rivals Rob Mariano and Russell Hantz by reading a quote where Mariano calls Hantz a "hobbit" and threatens to "kick his blank" in the upcoming 'Survivor: Redemption Island.'

"The facts are this," said Hantz. "I've already kicked his blank once before. So, I wouldn't have come back if it would've just been regular people. But, because he says the things he says, it's time for me to kick his blank once again."

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Mark Burnett 'Had No Idea' About Russell Hantz 'Survivor' Leak, TLC Launches 'N.Y. Ink' and More

by Jean Bentley, posted Feb 10th 2011 5:30PM
Mark BurnettApparently 'Survivor' honcho Mark Burnett didn't have any idea about the accusations against castaway Russell Hantz until the rest of us saw them.

According to TV Guide, Burnett told reporters on a conference call that he was unaware there was a problem until he read last week's Daily Beast article that alleged Hantz was leaking 'Survivor' spoilers to fan message boards. "I found out the same time you found out. I read it online," Burnett said on a conference call today. "I had no idea about it."

Hantz could face a $5 million penalty if he really is behind the leaks. "I still have not had a conversation with CBS or anyone about it," Burnett said, including 'Survivor' host Jeff Probst.

In other TV news ...

TLC is launching a new tattoo reality series called 'N.Y. Ink.' It'll follow 'Miami Ink' star Ami James as he opens a new shop in Soho. The eight-episode first season will premiere in June. [THR]

AMC has announced the premiere date for its new series, 'The Killing.' The show, about the police investigation of a teenage girl's murder, will air its two-hour first episode on April 3, then move to its regular Sunday at 10PM time slot the following week. [Deadline]

Another cable show has announced a premiere date: 'Treme' comes back to HBO on April 24. The drama, set in post-Katrina New Orleans, welcomes new cast member Jon Seda for season 2. [TV Guide]

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Did 'Survivor' Castaway Russell Hantz Leak Spoilers?

by Jean Bentley, posted Feb 2nd 2011 1:00PM
Russell Hantz, SurvivorThroughout his three seasons on 'Survivor,' outspoken castaway Russell Hantz has certainly outwitted and outplayed his fellow contestants, if not outlasted.

But now that big mouth could get him in big trouble: 'Survivor' fan Jim Early is accusing Hantz of leaking results for seasons 19 and 20, reports Reality Blurred editor Andy Dehnhart in The Daily Beast.

If Hantz really is guilty, he could be forced to pay up to $5 million for breaking the confidentiality agreement in his contract with CBS.

According to The Daily Beast, 'Survivor' creator Mark Burnett's company DJB Inc. sued Early last year after he posted accurate spoilers on a 'Survivor' message board under the name missyae. The lawsuit was dismissed on Jan. 13 after Early revealed his source: Hantz.

"I did tell them Russell Hantz was their leak," Early told the Daily Beast. "I gave him an email from Russell spoiling something," he added. "They were very happy to get that email, and I have many, many more."

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Jane Lynch to Write Memoir, Russell Hantz Spoils 'Survivor' and More TV News

by Jean Bentley, posted Feb 1st 2011 1:30PM
Jane LynchJane Lynch will soon add "published author" to her list of accomplishments.

According to The New York Times, the comedian will release 'Happy Accidents,' an inspirational memoir, in September. The book will cover Lynch's career milestones, such as her time doing improv at Second City and acting in movies like 'Best in Show' and 'The 40-Year-Old Virgin, and more personal material like overcoming alcoholism and embracing her homosexuality.

"Sue Sylvester didn't come out of a vacuum," Lynch told the Times. "She's someone that lives very deeply in me. I kind of liked that shaming, vengeful energy during different periods of my life. I was in therapy and I was complaining about somebody not following the rules, and my therapist basically started laughing at me and said, you must write a monologue about this, because it's hilarious stuff."

In other TV news ...

Ricky Gervais might've annoyed some people at the Golden Globes, but that doesn't mean he won't be back. The comedian said he's already been invited to host next year's ceremony, 'Tourist' disses be darned. Though he's thinking about it, he said he's not sure if he wants to return. [Daily Mail]

The most accurate spoilers on the Internet might've come from contestant Russell Hantz himself. After a blogger was sued for revealing the results of seasons 19 and 20 before air, he gave up his source as the one and only Hantz. [Daily Beast]

Is NBC trying to stifle homosexuality on 'The Biggest Loser'? A blogger for AfterEllen seems to think so. While Jillian Michaels is an out bisexual and newbie Cara Castronuova is an out lesbian, NBC consistently denies interview requests with gay and lesbian press. Plus, there has never been a gay couple on the show, despite multiple 'Couples' seasons. [Jezebel]

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Boston Rob and Russell Return for 'Survivor: Redemption Island'

by Jean Bentley, posted Jan 13th 2011 10:30AM
Boston Rob Mariano, Russell Hantz, Survivor: Redemption IslandCBS announced the final two cast members today for 'Survivor: Redemption Island,' and chances are you've seen them many times before.

The returning castaways joining the latest edition of the long-running reality show are Boston Rob Mariano and Russell Hantz. Rob is returning to compete for the fourth time, while Russell is making his third appearance, Entertainment Weekly reports.

Neither veteran will get immunity, contrary to some spoiler reports online, but host Jeff Probst told EW he doesn't think they'll get the boot right away. "I do not think Russell or Rob will be the first person voted out of this game. Because I think they bring too much experience -- 156 days between the two of them. When you're playing a game, there's a lot to be learned."

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Most Obvious Reality TV Finalists

by Jane Murphy, posted Aug 11th 2010 5:00PM
Kent, So You Think You Can DanceReality competitions depend on suspense, but what if there's a contestant so clearly a contender to win from the get-go?

If producers are lucky, a player who is a gimme will be so talented (Mama Sox on 'American Idol') or so hot (Miles on 'Work of Art') or so Kent ('So You Think You Can Dance's' small-town favorite) viewers will want to follow their journey -- even if everyone knows it won't end in a mid-season thud.

Here are some recent reality TV stars who made it to the end without making themselves (or anyone else) break into a sweat.

Kent Boyd, 'So You Think You Can Dance?'
Take one look at Kent, and you know he's a winner. Of 'America's Happiest Engineering Student'. Or perhaps 'World's Cutest Carnival Employee'. So what is he doing on scintillating 'SYTYCD'? Shutting it down, that's what. You just knew as soon as the unlikely 18 year-old Ohioan showed up, judges and audiences would not let him go.

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Everyone Loves the 'Survivor' Guys

by Stephanie Earp, posted May 18th 2010 2:45PM
On the 'Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains' reunion show on Sunday, Jeff Probst showed a composite photo of what a 'Survivor' winner looks like, meant to show that the show's winners are a diverse bunch -- old, young, male, female, white, black, Latino, mean, nice, crazy and sane.

The winners, maybe. But the fan favorites are a different story. What Russell Hantz said on the reunion show is true: if America chose the winners, that composite photo would likely be wearing a fedora and a tie-dyed tank top.

When it comes to the most popular players on 'Survivor', there is definitely a type. They are straight-talkers who like to tell the other players exactly what they plan to do. They have a strict code, whether it's all-about-me or do-unto-others. They are usually very talkative and end up functioning as narrators of the show through their interviews.

And oh yeah, they are men.

In fact, other than a tendency to run their mouths, it's about the only thing they have in common.

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'Survivor: Heroes Vs. Villains' Finale and Reunion Report

by Kelly Woo, posted May 17th 2010 5:00PM

The big finale of 'Survivor: Heroes Vs. Villains' capped off the dramatic 20th season in style last night at the Ed Sullivan Theater in New York City. Survivors past and present, plus an audience filled with friends and family, gathered to see who had outwitted, outplayed and outlasted a group of all-star contestants for the title of sole survivor.

I was on hand to watch the finale and reunion shows and talk to the winner ...

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