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'Survivor: Blood vs. Water' premiere: Watch the first 7 minutes here!

Pitting 10 returning players against their loved ones, Survivor: Blood vs. Water premieres on Wed., Sept. 18 on CBS. And it promises to be the most twist-heavy Survivor season ever. But you don’t have to wait until Wednesday to see it. You can watch the first seven minutes of the premiere right here and right now! READ FULL STORY

'Survivor: Blood vs. Water': Jeff Probst says he has no issue with having a 'Big Brother' player on -- VIDEO

Survivor and Big Brother both launched in the summer of 2000. Both involve contestants voting each other out in the hopes of wining a big cash prize. And both air on CBS. But the shows have far more differences than similarities. Survivor takes place entirely outdoors in exotic locations halfway around the world, while Big Brother is set in a tricked-out house in Los Angeles. For years, Survivor (along with The Amazing Race) was considered the gold standard of reality programming, while Big Brother is more of cheesy guilty pleasure in which contestants dress up in hot dog costumes and must contend with a showtunes-loving clam named Otev and a sassy robot dubbed the Zingbot.

With all that in mind, I asked Jeff Probst while on location for filming of Survivor: Blood vs. Water (which premieres on Sept. 18) whether he had any issues in having a player — Hayden Moss, boyfriend of Survivor: One World’s Kat Edorsson — from the circus that is Big Brother now competing on his show. READ FULL STORY

'Survivor: Blood vs. Water': Rachel has no idea what boyfriend Tyson is even talking about

With the exception of the exclusive joint Boston Rob and Russell Hantz interview I did before the start of Survivor: Redemption Island, every Survivor pre-game interview I have ever done has always been a 1-on-1 situation. But with returning players going up with/against their loved ones on Survivor: Blood vs. Water, I had the unique opportunity to talk to the contestants in pairs. Sometimes — like with Rupert and wife Laura — the interactions between the two were super lovey-dovey. Other times — like with Gervase and niece Marissa — they talked a bit of smack at each other’s expense. And then there was this exchange between Tyson and his confused girlfriend Rachel.

Click on the video player below to see Rachel — who has clearly not been listening to a single word her loved one has been saying — pretty much completely (if unknowingly) contradict Tyson’s entire plan should they both make it close to the end of the game. In her defense, this comes after Tyson had gone off on a somewhat random and lengthy political tangent about the Republican party, so she can’t exactly be faulted for letting her mind wander. Either way, it’s pretty hilarious and makes me hope that we are privy to many post-merge strategizing sessions between the pair.

To see the back-and-forth for yourself, just click on the video player below. Survivor: Blood vs. Water premieres Sept. 18 on CBS. READ FULL STORY

'Survivor: Blood vs. Water': Jeff Probst wants the return of more early season players

When CBS trotted out 10 all-stars last season for Survivor: Caramoan — Fans vs. Favorites, not one of the returning contestants came from the show’s first 15 seasons, when the reality program was a national phenomenon. Host Jeff Probst said the reason for that was the desire to showcase some of the series’ newer stars rather than leaning on old favorites. Fast forward to Survivor: Blood vs. Water (which premieres Sept. 18), however, and it is an entirely different story. Half of the 10 returning players got their start on the first 13 seasons of the show, including Gervase Peterson (from the Survivor’s very first season) and Tina Wesson (who won season 2, The Australian Outback). READ FULL STORY

'Survivor: Blood vs. Water': Hayden reveals how girlfriend Kat would do on 'Big Brother'

Hayden Moss is about to become the first person to ever have competed on both Big Brother and Survivor when Survivor: Blood vs. Water premieres on Sept. 18. He and his Survivor girlfriend, Kat Edorsson, have already argued about which show is harder, and we will see how Hayden — who won Big Brother season 12 — does on the island soon enough. But it got me to thinking: How would Kat do on Big Brother? READ FULL STORY

'Survivor: Blood vs. Water': Jeff Probst on which new players will be 'out fast'

When I spoke with Jeff Probst on day 1 of filming for Survivor: Blood vs. Water (which premieres Sept. 18 on CBS), he predicted which of the new players going up against their loved ones would do well. But I also asked him which new players he thought weren’t quite so impressive. And he zeroed right in on the spouse of one of the most famous Survivor players ever — Rupert’s wife Laura. READ FULL STORY

'Survivor: Blood vs. Water': Colton talks about being 'filled with hate and anger'

He is perhaps Survivor’s biggest villain — not for anything he did strategically in the game, but rather for the way he treated his fellow One World tribemates on a personal level. Many viewers called him a flat-out racist for his comments towards African-American tribemate Bill Posley. And yet despite all that — or, more likely, because of it — Colton Cumbie was asked to return to play Survivor: Blood vs. Water, and bring his fiancé Caleb Bankston with him. READ FULL STORY

'Survivor: Blood vs. Water': Jeff Probst predicts the best new players

We’ve seen what the returning players on Survivor: Blood vs. Water can do, but which of their loved ones has what it takes to potentially win the million dollars when the season premieres Sept. 18 on CBS? I asked host Jeff Probst on the first day of filming in the Philippines back in May to name the new players that were just as strong if not stronger than their loved ones. And one of the names he came up with may surprise you. “Colton’s fiancé Caleb — he’s one of my favorites to win,” said Probst. “He’s so likable. And he’s capable out on the field, in the water, and I think he’s gonna sway a lot of people. I think he’ll even sway Ciera to change her mind about gay rights!” READ FULL STORY

'Survivor' or 'Big Brother'?: Hayden and Kat debate which game has better strategists

It’s the question fans love to debate: which reality show — Survivor or Big Brother — features better strategists? Which game requires greater skill and cunning to compete and complete. Well, fans aren’t the only ones who enjoy debating it: the contestants do as well. Even if they happen to be dating. I discovered that when I spoke to Survivor: One World’s Kat Edorsson and her boyfriend, Big Brother 12 champ Hayden Moss. The two will be appearing on Survivor: Blood vs. Water, which premieres on CBS Sept. 18 at 8pm, and when I asked if Hayden was looking forward to proving that Big Brother contestants had the strategic chops to match up with Survivor schemers, it led to a bit of a kerfuffle between the pair. READ FULL STORY

'The Challenge': Wes and Johnny fight, but CT wins -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

Wait, if Wes and Johnny get in a fight, how is it that CT emerges the winner?

While you probably already expected some sort of brawl on tonight’s episode of The Challenge: Rivals II, now we know who is involved: perennial Challenge-ers Wes and Johnny. But CT isn’t one to stay out of a good fight — and once he enters, Johnny looks a little worried, because we all know CT isn’t above throwing a punch.

Check out the exclusive sneak peek below:
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'Survivor: Blood vs. Water': Jeff Probst defends the return of Redemption Island

When it comes to Survivor twists, none have been as controversial as the Outcasts twist in Survivor: Pearl Islands, which allowed contestants that had been voted out — and subsequently enjoyed plenty of food and shelter — a chance to return to the game. But the Redemption Island twist was pretty gosh darn close. Introduced in the Survivor: Redemption Island season as a safety net mechanism to keep returning players Russell Hantz and Boston Rob in the game for longer should they be voted out, it sent contestants that had been kicked out of their tribe to another location, where they would then compete to reenter the game at a later point. It was used again in the following Survivor: South Pacific season and then was put out to pasture. Or so we thought. READ FULL STORY

'Survivor: Blood vs Water': Jeff Probst on the pair that was pulled from the game right before filming

Something was fishy when I arrived in the Philippines the day before the filming began to interview the 10 pairs set to compete in Survivor: Blood vs. Water. Namely, the fact that one of them was missing. RC Saint-Amour (from Survivor: Philippines) and her father Craig, who were supposed to be one of the dynamic duos, were nowhere to be found. And the other contestants were just as confused as I was. RC and her dad had indeed traveled over to the Philippines with the other cast members, and were staying at the same pre-game location with them. Then, all of a sudden, they were gone. READ FULL STORY

'Survivor: Blood vs. Water': Jeff Probst explains the new Day Zero twist

There are about a zillion and one new twists that will be taking place on Survivor: Blood vs. Water (and you can see them all outlined right here). The first one of those twists happens right out of the gate and is something called Day Zero, in which the night before the game officially begins, the 10 pairs of former Survivor contestants and their loved ones will be dropped in 10 different locations to spend the night by themselves. READ FULL STORY

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