Survivor: Caramoan — Fans vs. Favorites premieres tonight with a special 90-minute episode on CBS. It’s a season that Probst is already predicting will go down as one of the show’s best ever. With season 26 now set for lift-off (and you can watch the first five minutes of the premiere right here), we invited Probst to stop by EW studio — basically, an empty office next to mine — and take stock of the Survivor franchise. And stop by he did. On the newest InsideTV Podcast, Probst explains why returning players are here to stay, why he does not let critics who say he is too involved in the game get to him, where all those Survivor spoilers are coming from, and one controversial twist he would like to see back on the show. He also answers questions from you, the fans, including one from a former Survivor winner! Speaking of winners, could an all winners season be coming up soon? Probst sheds light on that subject as well. READ FULL STORY »
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'Survivor: Caramoan': Returning Favorite Erik on why this season is 'like the Island of Misfit Toys'
For years, the undisputed titleholder when it came to Dumbest Survivor Move Ever was none other than Erik Reichenbach. It was a well-earned (dis)honor bestowed upon the ice cream scooper from Hell (Michigan) after he gave away his immunity necklace on Survivor: Micronesia…only to be voted out moments later. But Erik was a trendsetter as well! Since then, JT gave his hidden immunity idol to Russell in Heroes vs. Villains, and Brandon Hantz handed his immunity over to Albert in Survivor: South Pacific. In both instances it was not better to give than to receive, as those two were voted out as well. Okay, so maybe it wasn’t the best trend Erik was setting, but it was a trend nonetheless.
Erik is one of the more intriguing returning players to come back for Survivor: Caramoan (premiering Feb. 13 on CBS). He was a Fan in the original Fans vs. Favorites, and is now making the jump to the Favorites tribe. Although it is easy to discount Erik’s chances due to his previous naïveté, the guy is physical enough to do well in challenges, and likable enough to want to keep around. The question then becomes: Has he learned enough of the strategic game to make it all the way to the end? I spoke with Erik just days before filming began on his latest adventure. But first, I had to convince him to talk to me.
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Okay, Erik, tell me why you’re going to win this time?
ERIK REICHENBACH: First off, I want to say that I didn’t want to talk to you again because last time you made fun of me, but they’re making me. READ FULL STORY »
The Discovery Channel has issued a statement on a Sunday morning helicopter crash that killed three crew members who were working on an untitled reality series for the network.
“A production company was shooting a show for Discovery Channel when this tragic accident occurred. We are all cooperating fully with authorities. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families,” the network said in a statement.
The crash, which is under investigation, according to reports, occurred in the early morning hours at the at the Polsa Rosa Movie Ranch in Acton, Calif. and claimed three lives.
There has been a lot of talk about how many of the returning players brought back for Survivor: Caramoan — Fans vs. Favorites (premiering Feb. 13 on CBS) were not actually very good players their first time around. One contestant who did have some serious game in her first outing, however, is Brenda Lowe. Brenda worked herself into a position of power in Survivor: Nicaragua, but then made two fatal errors: She got too comfortable in her perch, and then did not scramble hard enough to stay once it became evident that the votes may have shifted against her. Now, Brenda gets a chance to make up for those mistakes. I chatted with Nicaragua’s Black Widow last May just days before filming on Survivor: Caramoan began and she spoke about her past mistakes, the other returning player she was concerned about, and the only thing that gave her pause about coming back.
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Okay, Brenda, why are you going to win this time?
BRENDA LOWE: Because I am leaving behind a lot of really great things in my life in Miami and I feel like I’ve learned so much from the first time from being able to watch and feeling how much it hurts to get voted off, that I don’t think that I would ever make those same mistakes again. And those mistakes were pretty crucial. I was doing pretty good. Had I not messed up, I probably would have gotten really far so I wanted that second chance to make those corrections and then probably make it to the end. READ FULL STORY »
Jeff Probst has defended the Favorites coming back to play Survivor: Caramoan — Fans vs. Favorites (premiering Feb. 13 on CBS) as good players. He has explained when they first decided to bring Malcolm back, and opined that Brandon Hantz was indeed psychologically stable enough to return. He even told us which returning players would not come back to play again for this season. But we have not heard his take on some of the newbies who will be making up the tribe of Fans. Until now. I asked Probst to pick out some of the new faces we should be keeping an eye on, and here’s who he picked and what he said about each: READ FULL STORY »
I remember being out on location for Survivor: South Pacific and standing on the Savaii beach on day two. One person in particular was in trouble, and that person was Dawn Meehan. A longtime super-fan of the show who had first applied back for season 2, her dream had finally come true and she had made it onto the show. But now, just 24 hours after her adventure had started, that dream was turning into a nightmare. Sitting in a tribe full of younger, less clothed flirts and frolickers, Dawn wasn’t fitting in. And it was killing her. Imagine waiting 10 years for your moment to come, and then when it does, it all goes wrong from the get go. I saw Dawn in tears, telling Ozzy how she felt like an outcast from the rest of the tribe. Things didn’t look good. But Dawn rebounded from that initial culture shock, found common ground with the group, and even came up big in some challenges. Her island rebirth was inspiring to watch. Unfortunately, she was ultimately doomed by Cochran’s flip, which saw her entire tribe wiped out one by one.
Now, the Mormon with a penchant for baking bread and adopting kids is back competing again on Survivor: Caramoan — Fans vs. Favorites (premiering Feb. 13 on CBS). And she says to expect dry eyes this time around. READ FULL STORY »
E! just edged a little closer to getting a Lindsay Lohan reality show.
The network just announced a new series with UK pop band The Wanted, whose singer Max George is/might-be/isn’t dating Lohan (depending which tabloid report you read/believe). The Wanted Life will chronicle the five-member band as they live together in Hollywood Hills, record their third album and “take on all that LA has to offer.” The E! release says Max is “playing the field… and loving it,” though you can bet network hopes the band’s friend Lohan shows up.
“The rock star lifestyle is something that everyone has fantasized about and The Wanted are giving viewers total access into their world as they live out this dream,” said Suzanne Kolb, President, E! “This series is a perfect blend of music, bromance and superstardom chronicling the lives of one of music’s biggest groups as they continue to make their mark on the global stage.”
E! has been doing more boy-focused reality content lately, having recently announced a reality show starring Olympic swimming sensation Ryan Lochte. The Wanted Life is from Ryan Seacrest Production debuts in June.
Gone are the halcyon days of American Idol auditions, in which the judges would put 50-plus people (of whom we viewers would get to meet at least… 10?) through to the next round. Tonight, the two-week “Hollywood Round” — guys this week, girls next — begins on Fox. “The minute we hit Hollywood, we go, ‘God, we’ve got 300 kids here,” executive producer Ken Warwick told EW in the midst of shooting Hollywood Round footage. “So the whole mental thing changes to ‘Who can we cut, and why?”
Below, Idol honchos Warwick and Nigel Lythgoe on what to expect. READ FULL STORY »
'Survivor: Caramoan': Returning Favorite Malcolm talks about the good and bad of playing back-to-back seasons
It’s hard to interview someone returning to play Survivor when you haven’t even seen how or what they did the first time around. That was the situation when I spoke with Malcolm Freberg in May 2012 as he was getting ready to depart for Survivor: Caramoan — Fans vs. Favorites (premiering Feb. 13 on CBS). It was only two weeks after he had finished filming Survivor: Philippines (which would not air for another four months). Luckily, I did have a few things to go on. I had met and spoken with Malcolm on location for that season, and had watched him play out there for the first few days, so I at least had some familiarity with him and his game.
What I found most interesting about Malcolm coming back is that he became only the second returning player — after Russell Hantz — to go back-to-back seasons in which none of the other contestants had been afforded a chance to watch him play. Portions, if not all, of the first seasons of Rupert Boneham, Stephenie LaGrossa, Bobby Jon Drinkard, Amanda Kimmel and James Clement had aired before their second consecutive appearance, so other players were familiar with them. Malcolm, however, would be a complete question mark. I asked Jeff Probst if he thought that was an advantage or disadvantage. I also wanted to hear from the player himself how he felt about being a Survivor Mystery Man.
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: What’s it like to go from being a super-fan of the show, to a player, to now a returnee?
MALCOLM FREBERG: It’s flattering, but not completely unexpected. I always thought if you’re going to do something you have to assume you’re going to be successful at it. That’s just the inner arrogance I’ve been gifted with my entire life. It’s been a head rush for sure. It’s really thrilling. And there is a moment of starstruck-ness each time I keep running into other returning players, so I need to get over that real quick. READ FULL STORY »
Jeff Probst reveals the players who would not return to play 'Survivor: Caramoan -- Fans vs. Favorites'
As much as former Survivor contestants beat down producers’ doors in the hopes of being asked to come back and appear on the show again, there are always a few players who simply don’t want to return or cannot due to other commitments. (Corinne Kaplan, for instance, gave up her spot on Heroes vs. Villains because she could not get out of work, but will be back this season.) So after the 10 returning contestants were named to come back for Survivor: Caramoan — Fans vs. Favorites (premiering Feb. 13 on CBS), I asked host Jeff Probst whom they could not get to come play again this time around.
“There’s two people we wanted back,” says Probst. “Matt from Redemption Island we would have been interested in, but he is just done with it. I think it was enough for him. And Shambo has basically said, ‘I never want to do it again.’ We would have loved her as well. But in both cases I think their story is similar in that they don’t want Survivor to define their life and they feel like once was enough. And that’s it.” Someone from a reality show not wanting being on TV to be the defining moment of his or her life? STOP THE PRESSES! (Oh, wait, this is online. There are no presses. Never mind.) READ FULL STORY »
If you blinked, you might have missed her. Francesca Hogi was the first person voted out of Survivor: Redemption Island, and the first person ousted from the game after she lost a duel. But even though she only lasted three days on her tribe, what an impression she made — going right after Boston Rob and then sparring with Phillip Sheppard about (among other things) the pronunciation of her name. I loved Francesca in our Redemption Island pre-game interview and was thoroughly bummed when she was booted so early. So I was pleasantly surprised when I learned she was being brought back to play again for Survivor: Caramaon — Fans vs. Favorites (premiering Feb. 13 on CBS). However, there is one person who will not be watching Francesca play — herself! The fan of the show could not bear to watch her last outing on TV and claims she has no plans to do so this time around either. Just days before filming began last May, I spoke with Francesca about her feud with Phillip (which The Specialist discussed right here), what she learned from her last brief outing, and the awkwardness of being mistaken for another black female contestant.
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Okay, this is absurd. Nobody in this entire world has given you more public props than I have, but a person voted out first being asked to come play again?
FRANCESCA HOGI: You are my biggest fan, and I am so grateful, but yeah, exactly! I mean, I knew some people liked me and some people were sad to see me go so I could see how they might put a feeler out to have me back, but they’re not really going to cast me! And so I just figured it’s not going to happen. And now I’m like, oh, s—, it’s actually happening! This is great! READ FULL STORY »
Hint: It’s airing on Animal Planet.
If you said “catch-and-release fishing,” you’re correct! According to the network, the show is “an in-your-face, full-throttle competition series that splits 10 expert fishers into two teams and pits them head-to-head in a series of wild, never-before-seen fishing challenges.” Dares will include “fishing with outlandish tools, catching fish blindfolded, [and] even netting fish with their mouths!” (Exclamation mark theirs.) Eight episodes of the competition will air this summer.
Somewhere, execs at History and A&E are kicking themselves for not thinking of this title first.
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