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InsideTV Podcast: Rupert from 'Survivor' does not regret sending himself to Redemption Island

Rupert Boneham came into Survivor: Blood vs. Water predicting a one-two finish for him and his wife Laura. He got first, alright. Unfortunately for him, it ended up being first one out. Rupert called into Entertainment Weekly Radio (SiriusXM, channel 105) to talk with Jessica Shaw and me all about his short stint on the island, and we now present that interview for you here on the InsideTV Podcast. Does he regret swapping places with wife Laura and sending himself to Redemption Island? How was his time there with non-Rupert fan Candice? Are other Survivors jealous of his popularity with fans? And how would he have coexisted with Colton? We get into all that and more, and you can hear it all by clicking on the audio player icon below.

But Rupert’s not the only Survivor we have on tap this week: RC Saint-Armour also stopped by the studio to talk with former Survivor champ Jenna Morasca and me about what it was like for her and her dad to be cut from the game and sent home from location just two days before filming began due to his high blood pressure. RC reveals all the juicy behind-the-scenes intel, including who her pre-game alliance mates were, and her desperate attempt to stay in the game even after her father was ruled out. It’s a must listen for any Survivor fan.

And we also we turn our attention from the living to the dead. Or undead, rather. The Walking Dead exec producer Greg Nicotero called in to give some teases on season 4 of the zombie drama. Greg — who directed the season premiere episode airing on Oct. 13 — tells us that the zombies will be scarier then ever before this year. He clues us in as to what else to expect in season 4 while also telling us all about the new Walking Dead haunted maze happening at Universal Studios’ Halloween Horror Nights. READ FULL STORY

'Survivor: Blood vs. Water': Jeff Probst says 'I could have done the season without' Colton

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

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: So, I need some clarification here, sir, on one of the twists. It was my understanding that any one of the loved ones of someone at Redemption Island can sub in before a duel if they like, but we only saw you asking Gervase if he’d like to take Marissa’s place. Is it only the most recent person that was sent there that can be subbed out, or did you just not show you asking Rupert and Candice’s spouses if they wanted to take their place as well?
JEFF PROBST: It was understood that you could take the place of your loved one anytime they were dueling. So everybody knew it was an ongoing opportunity. In the case of Candice and Rupert, it was a bit unique in that we just offered the RI swap beat off the top of the show and they had both made their decisions and it was pretty clear it was a “final answer” so I didn’t hit it too hard again in episode 2. But yes, they can switch out anytime they want, but we will only show it if there is a story. Otherwise it just wastes valuable story time! READ FULL STORY

'Survivor' winner-turned-'Millers' writer John Cochran takes us inside his L.A. life -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

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Winning Survivor comes with many perks — including the opportunity to become … a comedy writer?

It’s true! Survivor‘s John Cochran — also an EW contributor — is now working on CBS’ new comedy The Millers. To prepare for the show’s premiere, CBS is releasing four installments of behind-the-scenes footage to document Cochran’s journey from the island to the writers’ room.

EW has an exclusive look at the first installment, which shows Cochran talking about his sudden move to L.A. (with his mother, of course) and how life continues now that he considers himself a “Probstégé,” a noun defined as “an individual who is guided and supported by a successful TV host and personality,” such as the one-and-only Jeff Probst.

See how Cochran is liking his new life in the video below:
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Fall TV: Six toughest time slot battles (and which show will win)

It’s war! Next week broadcasters shove the bulk of their new shows into the spotlight and anxiously count how many viewers show up to watch. Even in this era of heavy DVR use, a show’s time slot still matters plenty — just ask NBC’s Revolution, which was hugely boosted whenever it ran behind original episodes of The Voice last season (or any show that runs against The Voice, for that matter). Here are six of the most interesting new top time-period battles this fall — and who we think will win.

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

'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

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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 EW.com 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

'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

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