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Jeff Probst breaks down the 'Survivor: Blood vs. Water' premiere

Each week, host Jeff Probst will answer a few questions about the most recent episode of Survivor: Blood vs. Water.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: So, Rupert’s wife Laura and John’s wife Candice are voted out of their tribe just minutes into the game and you give Rupert and John the opportunity to switch places with them and go to Redemption Island instead. Rupert then takes the bait and does it. How bad a strategic move was that? Because it seemed pretty damn bad from where I’m sitting.
JEFF PROBST: Well I’m sitting here with Parvati, Malcolm and Cochran after just live-tweeting during the premiere so I may ask them to weigh in if appropriate. Okay, Parvati and Malcolm both say it was very bad because you put someone there who is already on the outs — she has nothing to contribute.  I agree.  I think Rupert’s ego got the best of him.  He wanted to “look” good so he made a big move and I think he was second guessing it when he talked with his wife.  He had already committed and so it was hard for him to change his mind.  So yes, we agree.  Bad move.  It will be very hard for him to win his way back in — but if he does, it will go down as a huge hero move.  Remains to be seen. READ FULL STORY

'The Challenge': And so it begins... with an abduction? -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

As the competitors on Rivals II head into what’s sure to be another grueling (possibly even life-threatening, if past seasons are any indicator) final challenge, they all have their fears. For starters, Cara Maria is understandably antsy about anything swimming, Wes thinks a relocation to Tokyo will take away the environmental training he and partner CT have done to give themselves an edge, and CT feels vulnerable at the prospect of being bested by Johnny Bananas yet again. But once the production van is stopped by masked men in the Thai jungle, all those worries are out the window… watch below.

'Survivor: Blood vs. Water': Jeff Probst says he would 'absolutely' vote out his wife

Jeff Probst loves his wife Lisa Ann Russell. In fact, he thinks she’s completely swell. But if the married couple played Survivor together — as several other married couples are doing when Survivor: Blood vs. Water premieres tonight at 8pm on CBS — he would have no problem whatsoever voting her out of the game. “It depends on the situation,” he told me while on location for filming of the new season, “but absolutely.“

But wait! Chivalry is not dead! Allow him to explain! After I gave him just such a situation — the pair making it to the final four and having to decide whether to vote one of them out to get an extra vote from the jury at the final Tribal Council — the host didn’t have to think twice. “I would definitely put one of us on the jury to ensure one vote,” says Probst. “Because I’m 20 percent of the way there already!” READ FULL STORY

'Survivor: Blood vs. Water': On the island for Day Zero with Gervase and Marissa


Jeff Probst would officially welcome the 10 couples competing in Survivor: Blood vs. Water at sunrise on Sunday May 19, 2013 and set them on their way for a 39 day adventure. But for the players, the game actually began the night before, when the 10 couples were dropped off at sunset to fare for themselves overnight in 10 different spots along the beach or jungle. No food. No water. And soon, no light. The new twist was called Day Zero (you can get the official explanation from Jeff Probst about it right here) and was exclusively invited to tag along with one of the pairs as they began their 39-and-a-half day journey.

After seeing their lively interactions during our interview the day before, I decided to follow Gervase Peterson and his niece, Marissa Peterson. Unlike the other duos that couldn’t stop praising each other, Gervase and Marissa appeared to want to beat each other at the game as much as they wanted to defeat the other 18 players. There was a lot of smack talk and boasting. Plus, I was curious how Gervase — who played in the first ever season of the show and has not returned since — would fare after a 13 year layoff. Here’s a timeline of the evening. READ FULL STORY

'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

'Dancing With the Stars': All-Time Top 10 Dances

Whew! The only thing more difficult than narrowing 16 seasons of knockout Dancing With the Stars performances down to a Top 10 would have been to perform a ballroom dance myself! (Still, never.)

How would I decide? Should I choose the highest-scored? The ones with the most of my other favorite sport, gymnastics? The ones featuring the 10 most initricate g-strings composed of delicately sequined fringe? Nah — ultimately I selected these routines based on overall quality, creativity, and longevity. (It is truly alarming how much of my memory bank has been devoted to this crazy reality show.)

Your Top 10 will surely be different them mine — offer up your own list in the comments! In the meantime: As the prophets of ballroom dominatrix-wear En Vogue once sang, free your mind… and the rest will follow.

Season 17 of ‘Dancing’ premieres tonight at 8 p.m. ET on ABC. Are you ready for some #sparklebarf?

'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': 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

TVGN's docuseries 'Mother of All Talent' puts kids talent agents in reality spotlight -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

Pageant moms, take note: A new stage-obsessed mom is invading reality television. TV Guide Network has set an Oct. 22 premiere date for Mother of All Talent, a new eight-episode original series starring casting agents Nikki and Lorri, a mother-and-daughter duo and partners of Tribune Talent, a kids talent agency based out of Staten Island, New York. Below, EW has an exclusive first look at the coming drama, via a promo for the series.

Daughter Lorri describes herself as “diplomatic” whereas mom Nikki does not mince words or her opinion — even in front of the underage talent. Nikki tells a potential client to whiten her teeth “so this way they’re not so yellow.” Brutal, sure, but that is what whitening teeth is meant to do.

Nikki and Lorri’s good cop-bad cop partnership is put on display while working with and coaching wannabe child stars and their ambitious parents. (Lorri’s son, she reveals played the character of Brady, son to Cynthia Nixon’s Miranda, on Sex and the City.) The mother-daughter team encounters stage parents of every variety, including one woman who wants her daughter to follow in her footsteps “except for like the Playboy stuff.”

Check out the exclusive sneak peek of Mother of All Talent below:


'SYTYCD' winners: 'We were always in it together'

The votes are in, Ameriker! So You Think You Can Dance‘s season 10 winners spoke to EW directly following tonight’s finale (read our full recap here). SPOILERS ahead… READ FULL STORY

'SYTYCD' renewed for 11th season

Fox is bringing back summer competition series So You Think You Can Dance for a 11th round, executive producer and judge Nigel Lythgoe announced during tonight’s season 10 finale. He said he’d just caught a whiff of the renewal news “five minutes into the program.” No other details were disclosed, but host Cat Deeley immediately launched into her awkward “happy dance,” so the future is off to a great start.

Look for’s season finale recap and an interview with the male and female winners after tonight’s show!

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