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'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

'Big Brother': Derrick, Cody, and Victoria talk about Cody's big blunder

The longest season ever of Big Brother finally came to close last night as Derrick Levasseur was crowned the champion of Big Brother 16, beating his best buddy Cody by a vote of 7-2 in the finals. Derrick’s victory was cemented after Cody won the final Head of Household competition and then made the inexplicable decision to evict Victoria (whom he easily would have beaten in the finals) instead of Derrick (whom he stood no chance against). It was a $450,000 mistake for Cody. We spoke to the final three of Derrick, Cody, and Victoria this morning on Entertainment Weekly Radio (SiriusXM, channel 105), and you can now hear the entire thing right here on the InsideTV Podcast.

Does Cody regret his decision? Would Derrick similarly not have brought Victoria to the end as he claimed while working the jury last night? And was Victoria hurt by Derrick’s answer? We get to the bottom of all that and more…like, say, the fact tat Victoria claims she would have “100%” won had Cody taken her to the end. Don’t believe us? Just click on the audio player icon below to listen in. Again, to repeat: VICTORIA SAYS SHE WOULD HAVE WON BIG BROTHER! READ FULL STORY

'Survivor' host Jeff Probst breaks down the premiere episode of 'San Juan del Sur'

Every week, host Jeff Probst will answer a few questions about the latest episode of ‘Survivor: San Juan del Sur — Blood vs. Water.’ This week also features an added bonus: an exclusive video of Jeff Probst just minutes after the first Tribal Council giving his take on what went down.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Okay, here we go again Jeff, and let’s start off this season’s Q&A series with the start of the first episode. Obviously you are looking for some emotion at the beginning there as you force two loved ones to face-off, and you got all of it and then some. Talk about the switch from Jeremy talking trash to his wife to then breaking down after he realizes he has just sent her to Exile Island and may have compromised her position in the game.
JEFF PROBST: The Jeremy-Val situation is a perfect example of how the addition of “blood” complicates Survivor. The opening hero challenge dictates that your success can only come at the expense of your loved one. So what do you do? You want to show your value to your tribe but you can only do it by sending your loved one to Exile Island. That moment of truth is always so much more difficult than the players ever think it will be. You could see it play out with Jeremy. His adrenaline pushed him to success in the challenge and then as he was standing there next to me, the consequence of that action came to the surface as he realized what it meant for his wife.  READ FULL STORY

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

Season 29 of Survivor kicked off this evening, and due to the last minute cancellation of the Redemption Island twist, we already have our first eliminated contestant. Who was it? And what else transpired in the 90-minute supersized premiere? 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 season premiere of Survivor: San Juan del Sur — Blood vs. Water.] READ FULL STORY

'Survivor' host Jeff Probst names the players he's not sure can cut it this season

Every season Survivor host Jess Probst tells us at the start of filming which players he thinks are the ones to keep an eye on. But then there’s the flip side, as we also force Probst to also come clean on which players he’s just not sure have what it takes to play this game. Now it’s time to see whom Probst is ready to throw under the bus for Survivor: San Juan del Sur — Blood vs. Water, which kicks off tonight at 8pm on CBS. READ FULL STORY

Julie Chen says not to count on another 'Big Brother: All-Stars' any time soon

Season 16 of Big Brother concludes tonight at 9:30pm on CBS when either Derrick, Cody, or Victoria…okay, make that either Derrick or Cody, will be crowned champion. And according to host Julie Chen, even Cody is a long shot at this point. Can Derrick complete one of the most dominant performances this game has ever seen? We talked with Chen about Derrick’s place in Big Brother history and whether anyone can stop him. But we didn’t stop there. In a very candid chat, Chen also frankly discussed how the houseguests view Victoria, how she feels about not having any of the racist and homophobic nonsense that plagued last season’s edition, and why she does not think another All-Stars edition is a good idea right now. Read on for pure, unfiltered Chenbot!

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: I asked you last week if there was any chance that Derrick and Cody would actually bring each other to the finals when they have Victoria there, who both of them would easily beat in the finals, and you said something really interesting. You said that you actually think that they both would and will bring each other if given the opportunity.
JULIE CHEN: No question. And that’s because if you look at Cody, he’s just a kid, and he looks up to Derrick like his big bro. And it’s not in Cody’s nature in my opinion to stab his mentor in his back — on anybody. It’s hard. He’s not a bad kid, so Cody will take Derrick to the end if he is the one who has to make the choice, knowing he will kiss a half million dollars goodbye. It’s not in his nature to be a backstabber. In terms of Derrick, he could take just about anybody and he’s taking home that check for a half million dollars. And I think he knows it. I mean, maybe Cody gets one vote to win over Derrick if it’s those two men in the finals. Maybe he gets Christine’s vote, but I don’t think so. READ FULL STORY

'Survivor' host Jeff Probst names his favorites for this season

He’s already defended the casting of controversial baseball player John Rocker. And he told us why the show imported Amazing Race duo Nadiya and Natalie. Now,  host Jeff Probst names his favorites going into Survivor: San Juan Del Sur — Blood vs. Water. Of course, whether these people will be his favorites when all is said and done is anyone’s guess. Several people that Probst thought in the past would be stars on the show turned out to be total duds. Conversely, often people that didn’t really impress him all that much in casting ended up popping big time once cameras started rolling. So it’s an inexact science to be sure. READ FULL STORY

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