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Mark Burnett on Donald Trump, 'The Voice' & Why 'Survivor' Survives

by Joel Keller, posted May 20th 2011 2:30PM
Mark BurnettMark Burnett was in a bit of a feisty mood yesterday. It's understandable, given the combination of controversy and great ratings that have been attached to some of the reality shows he produces lately. He's got three currently on the air.

First, there's 'The Celebrity Apprentice,' which is steaming towards its live finale (Sunday, May 22, 9PM ET on NBC), with John Rich and Marlee Matlin facing off for the right to be "hired" by Donald Trump. The show has been renewed for a fifth celebrity season; Trump also recently decided not to run for President, but not without leaving months of new material for late night talk shows in his wake.

Then there's 'The Voice,' which is gaining momentum after a strong start, with the combination of talented singers and red hot judges (Cee Lo Green, Christina Aguilera, Adam Levine and Blake Shelton) keeping people tuning in.

But when we spoke, we started with his most venerable show, 'Survivor,' which just ended its 22nd season on Sunday. We talked about the decision to bring back 'Redemption Island' for season 23, then moved on to a question that seemed like it would be innocent. His reaction was anything but ...

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Howie Mandel Thinks 'Survivor' Castaways Might Still Be Too Dirty (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted May 17th 2011 5:42AM
Rob Mariano, Howie Mandel, 'Late Night with Jimmy Fallon'Jimmy Fallon took things casual on 'Late Night' (Weeknights, 12:37AM ET on NBC) to talk to the top three finalists from 'Survivor: Redemption Island.' They sat around a fake campfire with Howie Mandel to talk about their experience on the island.

Winner Rob Mariano likened the social aspect of 'Survivor' to what Fallon does on his show every night. "You have guests that come on," he explained. "And some of them, you know maybe you don't like 'em so much, but you gotta play nice."

He then told Howie Mandel that he'd be the first one voted off, "with the whole germ thing."

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'Survivor': The Big Winner and the Losers

by Stephanie Earp, posted May 16th 2011 2:00PM
After almost 10 years and more than 100 days in the game, arguably the biggest celebrity 'Survivor' has ever produced finally won the game. Even Jeff Probst had to admit it was as close as he had ever seen to a perfect game -- and the viewers agreed with him. Not only did Rob Mariano win the title of sole survivor, he also won the fan favourite award, making the purse $1.1 million.

It was a satisfying if unsurprising ending to a pretty decent season of 'Survivor.' Rob was too good at the game to have lost. But maybe the rest of the cast feel like cannon fodder for Rob's run. I've never seen a more miserable bunch at the reunion show. Usually, there's one or two who feel the need to make a self-righteous speech so-many-months later, but most let their grudges go and are all smiles by the time the winner's name's announced.

This time, it was palpably uncomfortable -- especially when people didn't realize they were on camera. Grant, Matt, Phillip, and Russell lapsed into dull, blank stares when they thought the show was on commercial break.

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'Survivor: Redemption Island' Season 22, Episode 14 (Season Finale) Recap

by Jason Hughes, posted May 16th 2011 7:40AM
Jeff Probst, 'Survivor: Redemption Island' finale['Survivor: Redemption Island' - 'Seems Like a No Brainer']

Could "Boston Rob" Mariano pull off one of the most impressive victories in the history of 'Survivor'? Going into the finale, he looked poised to do just that. Of course, he still had to whittle down his Final Four, contend with whoever returned from Redemption Island and then convince the jury to not be bitter and reward his game play.

From Redemption, he faced the possibility of going up against Matt, who'd spent 29 days there, surviving every single duel up to this point. Mike was well-liked and had dominated even Matt since going there, while Andrea and Grant were members of his own alliance.

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'Survivor' Sprint Player of the Season and Surprise Proposal on Reunion Special (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted May 16th 2011 2:16AM
Rob Mariano & Matt Elrod, 'Survivor: Redemption Island'At the 'Survivor: Redemption Island' (Sun., 10PM ET on CBS) reunion special, there was more to get to than just the crowning of the season's winner. Once again, Sprint was on-hand to declare the fan-voted Player of the Season, along with the $100,000 prize that goes along with it.

Russell Hantz was quick to announce that he was a two-time winner of the award, which was his consolation prize for still never winning the game. But he was only out there eight days this season, so he didn't even come close.

In fact, according to Jeff Probst, it came down to only two contestants. One who masterminded the season from Day One, and the guy who spent most of the season dominating everyone else on Redemption Island.

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'Survivor: Redemption Island' Season Finale: The Winner Is ... (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted May 16th 2011 1:42AM
Jeff Probst, 'Survivor: Redemption Island' finaleGoing into this three-hour finale extravaganza for 'Survivor: Redemption Island' (Sun., 8PM ET on CBS), one man has been running this game since Day One. "Boston Rob" Mariano single-handedly orchestrated the elimination of the opposing tribe and managed to keep his own alliance of six strong until the end.

At every turn, he had total control of the game, but toward the end it became more and more difficult to keep control. Ashley and Natalie have been considering their chances without the Rob-father, and there's still that element of Redemption Island, which has four people on the cusp of returning to the game.

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'Survivor: Redemption Island' Season 22, Episode 13 Recap

by Jason Hughes, posted May 12th 2011 8:00AM
'Survivor: Redemption Island'['Survivor: Redemption Island' - 'Too Close for Comfort']

Will the addition of "Redemption Island" change the game? One thing that is very notable is that this is the penultimate episode of the season, and there are technically still nine people left in the game. Sure, four of them are on Redemption Island, but they're still technically "live." And the unknowns surrounding the return to the game of one or more from that group has "Boston Rob" Mariano on the edge of his seat.

Last time he played, he was tripped up by the new element of the Hidden Immunity Idol. This time around, he sealed that potential loophole right away by finding and hoarding the Idol. But now, there's yet another wrinkle in what is otherwise a flawless game plan by the 'Survivor' all-star.

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After Surprise Immunity Win, Blindside at Tribal Council on 'Survivor' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted May 12th 2011 1:13AM
Rob Mariano, 'Survivor: Redemption Island''Survivor: Redemption Island' (Wed., 8PM ET on CBS) ends with a two-hour finale this Sunday. Going into tonight's episode, there were still a whopping nine people in contention for the top prize, though four of them were on Redemption Island. From there, it was confirmed that only one stood a chance of returning to the game.

Rob Mariano has been in sole charge of this season of 'Survivor' since virtually Day One. He masterminded the massacre and total elimination of the Zapatera tribe, and has orchestrated the demise by blindside of every person who's gone home on Ometepe.

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What to Watch: TV Picks for May 9 - 15

by Stephanie Earp, posted May 9th 2011 2:30AM
Survivor - Sunday May 15, 8PM ET/PT, Global/CBS

Rob Mariano has played his best game -- even if he does say so himself -- but is it enough to finally get him an elusive win? The Survivor three-hour finale airs tonight. The first two hours are, as always, on the island. Then Jeff and his blue shirt will travel through time to a live studio audience where the winner will be announced. I'm eager to see if Rob can keep control of the game right up to the bitter end. If so, the final three should be Phillip, Rob and Natalie. In any other season, I'd be rooting for Grant, the nice guy who's been strong in challenges, strategic in his voting and alliances and wears dirty dreadlocks well. But I love me some Boston Rob, so I'm rooting for him all the way.

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'Survivor: Redemption Island' Season 22, Episode 12 Recap

by Jason Hughes, posted May 5th 2011 7:30AM
Ometepe Six, 'Survivor: Redemption Island'['Survivor: Redemption Island' - 'You Mangled My Nets']

And so the "Ometepe Six," as they'd come to be called, came to rule the game of 'Redemption Island,' decimating their Zapatera foe until only they remained. And it was good. For about half a second.

Truly, they will go down in history as one of the strongest and most enduring alliances in the history of the game. But now there's no one left to eat but themselves. Smart players would immediately target the Rob-father, but he's so into their heads, are they even capable of seeing the situation clearly?

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Forced to Choose Between Family and Tactics on 'Survivor: Redemption Island' (VIDEO)

by Catherine Lawson, posted May 5th 2011 6:35AM
'Survivor: Redemption Island' S22/E12There are highly emotional scenes on this week's episode of 'Survivor: Redemption Island' (Weds., 8PM ET on CBS) as Mike is forced to make an agonizing choice between his desire to see his family and his desire to win.


As part of his reward for winning the day's duel on Redemption Island, Mike's given the unenviable choice of spending time alone with his mom, or else giving the same gift to the remaining two guys at Redemption Island, or to the six remaining former Ometepe tribe members.

While the others wait for Mike to choose who "gets the love," Jeff Probst introduces the family members who've arrived at the island in the hope of spending time with their loved ones.

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'Survivor: Redemption Island' Season 22, Episode 10 Recap

by Jason Hughes, posted Apr 28th 2011 8:30AM
Grant and Ralph log roll, 'Survivor: Redemption Island'['Survivor: Redemption Island' - 'A Mystery Package']

Well, things just got interesting, didn't they? At this week's Challenge, Jeff Probst presented the tribe with a package that he promised would present a new twist into the game. It wasn't exactly a new twist, per se, but it definitely pushed the season into an interesting phase.

After Julie's elimination last week, Ralph and Steve are in dire straits indeed. If they can't find a chink in Rob's "Ometepe Six," their days on the island are numbered.

I won't say they have no shot, though, because we still don't know how Redemption Island is going to factor into the endgame. The fun thing about that, though, is neither does Rob.

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Tribal Council Reveals a New Twist on 'Survivor: Redemption Island' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Apr 28th 2011 2:42AM
'Boston Rob' Mariano, 'Survivor: Redemption Island'This was a key week for Ralph and Steve, the last remaining members of the original Zapatera tribe. With the "Ometepe Six" standing strong and "Boston Rob" running the show, there was little hope left for them on 'Survivor: Redemption Island' (Wed., 8PM ET on CBS).

At the Challenge for the week, Jeff Probst handed the tribe a package to bring with them to Tribal Council. Inside, he promised, was a twist. Twists have notoriously turned this game upside down, but at six-to-two, what could possibly change the fates of the Zapatera?

Steve and Ralph needed to convince several someones from the former Ometepe tribe to flip and take out one of their own. Obviously, Rob would be the smart choice, but he's proven untouchable so far. Could that change?

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'Survivor: Redemption Island' Season 22, Episode 9 Recap

by Jason Hughes, posted Apr 21st 2011 6:20AM
Steve & Phillip, 'Survivor: Redemption Island'['Survivor: Redemption Island' - 'Rice Wars']

"One man should not have this much power on an island, but I'm grateful that I do." --Rob

Well that was ... uncomfortable. Thanks for that, by the way, Phillip. Clearly, all that time in the sun is starting to bake Phillip's brain a little. Maybe if he got a few hundred more feathers for that headband, he could get some shade on his scalp and cooler heads would prevail around camp.

If I was worried that the seeming inevitable one-by-one elimination of the former Zapatera tribe was going to make these next few episodes boring -- and I was -- those fears can be put to rest. As long as Phillip is bringing the crazy, things are going to be very interesting indeed.

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Phillip Turns a Rice War Into a Race War on 'Survivor: Redemption Island' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Apr 21st 2011 2:46AM
Phillip Sheppard, 'Survivor: Redemption Island'What started out as a rather amusing battle over rice on 'Survivor: Redemption Island' (Wed., 8PM ET on CBS) took an ugly turn that was so uncomfortable, we were uncomfortable watching from the comfort of our couches.

Despite merging a few weeks ago, the former tribes have remained separate in virtually every way, from their shelter to apparently their food supply. The result? While Zapatera is getting picked off, their smaller numbers mean they have more rice left for each of them.

After a mishap with Ometepe's rice container, in which it got moldy and infested with bugs, Phillip decided they should take over Zapatera's rice container, and everyone would share. But Steve wasn't having it. Things turned ugly when Steve said Phillip was crazy and called him a lunatic.

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