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'Survivor' host Jeff Probst on that weird Tribal Council voting

Every week, host Jeff Probst will answer a few questions about the latest episode of ‘Survivor: San Juan del Sur — Blood vs. Water.’

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: What, you didn’t want to take back that flint and give them some fishing gear? I can’t for the life of me figure out why, Jeff! Your thoughts on the proposed re-swap of fishing gear for flint?
JEFF PROBST: Well, first of all, I loved it! I was so happy that Drew felt comfortable enough to go for it because it was a fun moment. I really think he thought I might be swayed, but let’s be clear: There was zero chance of that trade happening. READ FULL STORY

'Survivor': Well, that sure was stupid

Someone made the ultimate Survivor blunder tonight, and then paid the price for that blunder. What happened and who went home? My full recap will be up later, but to find out and sound off on what happened, read on for more. [SPOILER ALERT: Read on only if you have already watched Wednesday’s episode of Survivor: San Juan del Sur — Blood vs. Water.] READ FULL STORY

A Lego reality show? It could actually happen (Updated)

UPDATE: A representative from Lego said “We currently are [in] consideration several television formats, including reality TV competition,” but that there were no other details to share at this time.

ORIGINAL STORYAfter leaving its mark on the box officeand making plans to continue its ruleLego may be trying to build up its presence on television.

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AMC cancels all reality shows except 'Talking Dead,' 'Comic Book Men'

AMC is refocusing on scripted content, thereby canceling nearly all of its reality shows. Specifically, the network will continue to air Talking Dead, the promotional companion to The Walking Dead, and Comic Book Men, with all other unscripted projects coming to an end.

“Scripted originals are at the core of the AMC brand,” AMC said in a statement. “Iconic shows like Mad Men, Breaking Bad and The Walking Dead have driven AMC’s evolution into a must-have television network. We are proud of our efforts in unscripted programming and the unique worlds we have been able to introduce, but in an environment of exploding content options for viewers, we have decided to make scripted programming our priority.”

In terms of scripted shows, AMC has multiple upcoming projects to fill its time, from Badlands to Better Call Saul, and a potential companion series to The Walking Dead, among others. And given the success of its scripted work and the solid performance of AMC movies, the network has decided to cut the least valuable player from its lineup.

John Rocker talks about that big 'Survivor' blowup

Even the smallest thing on Survivor can completely set you on the path towards elimination. John Rocker learned that the hard way after making a deal with Jeremy at Exile Island to help protect his wife. Once she was voted out by the tribe, Jeremy sought his revenge by revealing Rocker’s controversial past to his tribe. Then Natalie — whose twin sister Nadiya was also voted out by Rocker — let fly at the former pitcher after the immunity contest for both his performance in the challenges and his past comments in a 1999 Sports Illustrated article. And that was pretty much it for John Rocker. READ FULL STORY

'Survivor' host Jeff Probst on that 'ugly' confrontation

Every week, host Jeff Probst will answer a few questions about the latest episode of ‘Survivor: San Juan del Sur — Blood vs. Water.’

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Well, Jeff, this seems pretty clearly to be a case of John Rocker’s past coming back to haunt him. Once Jeremy decided to use that as a weapon against him and Natalie seized upon it, was that pretty much it for him?
JEFF PROBST: I think the incident at the challenge was probably a big impetus for voting out Rocker. I remember that challenge pretty clearly and I remember feeling “this is ugly.” All of it. Those are not the kind of moments I want for Survivor but when you take a group of strangers and let them build their own society you can’t control how they will behave or the decisions they will make. I think Rocker’s actions speak pretty clearly.  He was baited by Natalie and he took the bait. Hard to recover from some of the things he said. From Natalie’s point of view, who knows if she meant it or was just playing the game, but either way, it was effective. READ FULL STORY

'Survivor: San Juan del Sur': And the eliminated contestant is...

There was a huge blow-up after the immunity challenge in tonight’s episode of Survivor: San Juan del Sur. What happened and who went home as a result? My full recap will be up later [UPDATE: Dalton's recap is now live], but to find out and sound off on what happened, read on for more. [SPOILER ALERT: Read on only if you have already watched Wednesday’s episode of Survivor: San Juan del Sur — Blood vs. Water.] READ FULL STORY

Alfonso Ribeiro performs 'The Carlton' on 'Dancing With the Stars'

It’s not unusual … for Alfonso Ribeiro to dance to Tom Jones.

On Monday’s Dancing With the Stars, which was themed “Most Memorable Year,” the former Fresh Prince of Bel-Air star revived his signature dance move, which was born in the 1990s.

The good news: More than 10 years later, arms were swinging. Hips were swinging. The Carlton has not lost its magic.

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'Dancing with the Stars:' Jonathan Bennett gives a sneak peek at his 'Mean Girls' samba

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Jonathan Bennett looks sexy with his hair pushed back, but you already knew that.

That moment is just one of many the actor plans to recreate in a tribute piece for the 10th anniversary of Mean Girls on Monday night’s Dancing with the Stars, just days after (the unofficial) National Mean Girls Day on Oct. 3. EW got an exclusive first look inside rehearsal while Bennett and partner Allison Holker prepared. READ FULL STORY

'On the Menu' premiere react: A new recipe for a staling genre

There are a couple of ingredients you need to make any good cooking competition show on TV. But it seems if you aren’t a part of the Food Network or named Gordon Ramsay or Tom Colicchio, you may struggle to find them in your pantry.

The first is a twist that makes you different from the rest, and On the Menu, TNT’s first foray into the food world, has got a pretty good one. Each episode, four home cooks battle out in three rounds of competition for a $25,000 prize, but their dish is immediately featured on the menu of some of the country’s biggest chain restaurants. The day after their episode airs, the chef’s winning dish will be available for viewers to actually taste. Though it claims to be the first show to let the audience interact this way, that’s not really true. NBC unsuccessfully tried a similar idea with America’s Next Great Restaurant, but the three start-up locations for the winning idea closed within two months of opening. TNT is smart to align itself with some big names in the food industry like Chili’s, Denny’s and Outback Steakhouse to legitimize the entire show and end results.

The second ingredient is a great host who knows what they are talking about. Ty Pennington has left the home makeovers to focus solely on the kitchen and though he does a serviceable job, he definitely has a love-him-or-hate-him type of personality. Luckily, TNT has also racked up legendary Chef Emeril Lagasse to serve as a mentor-like figure for the home cooks. Not only did Lagasse arguably help create the idea of the celebrity chef (without which a show like this would never really exists) but one of his own restaurants is one of the 10 taking on a new menu item.

The problem is, the premise is a lot more promising than the show itself. If you squint your eyes just enough, it’ll look like you’re just watching another episode of Chopped or Cutthroat Kitchen on the Food Network. The three rounds begin with the cooks being challenged to recreate a famous item already on the menu for that week’s respective restaurant executives. In the Chili’s premiere, it was guacamole. Restaurant executives choose which three move on to the next round, where they each get their first chance to make their personal menu item within some sort of small guideline (they are tasked with making a burger for Chili’s). Another unique angle On the Menu has against some of the other cooking shows is how the next round is judged, bringing in everyday patrons and customers to taste and pick their favorite dish. You still get a lot of the forced “I’m on TV so it must be good” answers and reactions, but additional hidden cameras add both a comedic and informative level of observation for the executives, who don’t actually get to eat the item just yet. They have to wait to the third round, where the final two cooks take the customer’s comments and refine their dish before one final taste.

On the Menu adds some unique flavor to the food competition genre of reality TV with a prize that really can’t be won anywhere else. Will it entice you enough to actually get off your couch and into one of these restaurants to taste the winning dish? Probably not. I’m not sure how anyone will even be able to find the wining dish from The Cheesecake Factory episode in that massive encyclopedia of a menu. But the show freshens up an otherwise staling genre of TV, and for foodies and others who naturally like to eat with their eyes, On the Menu is definitely one to put on the DVR at least.

'Survivor' host Jeff Probst weighs in on Val's 'completely unbelievable lie'

Every week, host Jeff Probst will answer a few questions about the latest episode of ‘Survivor: San Juan del Sur — Blood vs. Water.’

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Okay, Monty Hall, let’s talk about the Let’s Make a Deal crossover episode we just witnessed. Looks like Reed and Hunahpu tried to get you to play the part of sucker in their proposed trade of half a bag of rice for another flint. Two part question: Part 1: Even if they had come in at the top of the challenge and pleaded their case, was there any chance you would have settled for less than the entirety of the fishing gear? Part 2: Did you consider checking with the other tribe to see if they objected to the switch?
JEFF PROBST: Part 1:  Had they offered up the beans off the top I’m not sure what I would have done but most likely I would have started a conversation about the value of fire vs. beans and see where it took us, but it’s unlikely that half a bag of anything would get you a new flint.

Part 2:  No. It’s not their call. It’s a bit weird to have it play out in front of the other tribe, but it did so that’s how it went down. What’s really fun is that storyline is not over, it has a punch line still to come! READ FULL STORY

Was that the worst 'Survivor' lie ever?

Well, that was something. It was quite an eventual episode of Survivor: San Juan del Sur tonight. My full recap will be up later [UPDATE: Dalton's full Survivor recap is now live] , but to find out and sound off on what happened, read on for more. [SPOILER ALERT: Read on only if you have already watched Wednesday’s episode of Survivor: San Juan del Sur — Blood vs. Water.] READ FULL STORY

Worst 'Big Brother' move in history? Host Julie Chen weighs in

Each week after every eviction, host Julie Chen will answer a few of EW’s burning questions about the latest episode of Big Brother. Check out her thoughts on the finale, and make sure to enjoy our exit interviews with Derrick, Cody, and Victoria.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Well, Julie, you called it that Cody would take Derrick to the end. Gameplay wise, is that the worst decision in Big Brother history? I mean, that cost him $450,000.
JULIE CHEN: Yes, and no. Yes, it cost him $450k. But at the end of the day, how could he live with himself stabbing a buddy, big bro figure and mentor in the back? Cody seems to be a good guy with a conscience and looks to come from a solid loving family. He chose loyalty over greed and that shows this kid has integrity. Not half a mil, but integrity…and that’s worth way more in life. Good karma.  READ FULL STORY

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