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'Survivor: Blood vs. Water': Jeff Probst addresses the big challenge whoopsie

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

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: So you switched up the tribes this week. Tell me your initial impressions of the new tribes as soon as each were formed. Were you hoping for more couples — like Tina and Katie — to end up on the same tribe to see how that dynamic played out?
JEFF PROBST:
Honestly… and I know you sometimes doubt my authenticity, I stopped “hoping” for results years ago. I truly don’t give it a thought. We put the buffs out, we let them pick which one we want and we play it out. This dates back to the All-Star season when we did a switch and Amber was the only person who had to switch tribes and by all accounts she was dead in the water. We felt so bad for her, it seemed so unfair…. Amber won the season. So, having said that — my initial response was “once again the reality gods are looking out for us.” The division of tribes was so lopsided in so many ways that it completely shook up the game and that is all you could ask for of a switch. READ FULL STORY

InsideTV Podcast: Candice says 'I basically lost my mind' on 'Survivor'

The third time was definitely not the charm for Candice Cody (formerly Woodcock). She returned to play again alongside her husband John for Survivor: Blood vs. Water, yet found herself voted out of her tribe mere minutes into the game. Yet the threepeat offender managed to last all the way to day 11 due to her dominance at Redemption Island. However, her skill/luck finally ran out, losing to hubby John and arch-nemesis Brad Culpepper in a duel. Candice called into Entertainment Weekly Radio (SiriusXM, channel 105) this morning to talk all about it. And there was a lot to talk about. READ FULL STORY

'Survivor: Blood vs. Water': Jeff Probst weighs in on the latest blindside

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

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: A few weeks back we saw Tyson offer to take his girlfriend Rachel’s place at Redemption Island if she wanted, and she told him to stay put. This week, Monica asked to take husband Brad’s spot and he declined. Do you think these offers to switch are genuine, or are they simply for show, counting on the fact that their spouse would never ask them to sacrifice themselves like that?
JEFF PROBST: I think it’s a good question. My hunch is that nobody really wants to give up their spot. For instance, I don’t think Rupert really wanted his wife to accept his offer to switch, but he gets so caught up in being Rupert that he sometimes makes decisions that don’t always make the most sense. As for everybody else that has offered to switch thus far, they are probably desperately hoping their loved one declines the offer. It just takes so much to get on the show, I gotta believe they all want to play. That’s why that twist is so fun because it really does force you to “put up or shut up.” READ FULL STORY

InsideTV Podcast: Marissa tells us how she REALLY feels about Brad Culpepper

“F— you, Brad Culpepper!” That was Marissa Peterson while she was playing Survivor: Blood vs. Water after Brad engineered her ouster from the tribe. But now that she has been truly eliminated from Survivor: Blood vs. Water after losing her duel against the Codys, how does she feel about the former NFL player? She called into Entertainment Weekly Radio (SiriusXM, channel 105) to share her thoughts with Jessica Shaw and me on the man that has angered so many in so little time. Does Marissa still hold a grudge? Does she still blame her uncle Gervase for getting her voted out due to his excessive celebrating? And what’s this we hear about her doing some hardcore spooning with Candice at Redemption Island? Marissa tells all, and you can hear it all right here on the InsideTV Podcast by clicking on the audio player below.

But we start things off with a survivor (so far!) of the zombie apocalypse. Steven Yeun, who plays Glenn on The Walking Dead, tells Jenna Morasca and me (and you!) everything we need to know to get ready for season 4 of the AMC drama. What’s it like with so many familiar faces gone thanks to the bloodbath of season 3? How is the show’s tone and pacing different under the command of new showrunner Scott M. Gimple? And what’s in store for Glenn and Maggie this year? Steven spills all.

As if that’s not enough, Jenna and I also welcomed Connie Britton into the EW Radio studio to talk about both Nashville and Friday Night Lights. Are we going to get back into more behind-the-scenes music industry stuff on the ABC drama? And what — or who — is holding up that big Friday Night Lights movie we keep hearing about? Listen in as Connie weighs in on all of that and more. READ FULL STORY

'Survivor: Blood vs. Water': Jeff Probst breaks down the big Tribal Council shocker

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

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: You and I have talked about how the majority of the time everyone pretty much has their mind made up exactly what they are going to do by the time they enter Tribal Council. Well, Caleb just blew that to smithereens by telling the rest of his tribe moments before voting that he was writing down Brad’s name, engineering a huge last second shift. Take us through what that moment was like being there in person. READ FULL STORY

'Survivor: Blood vs. Water': Spouses Candice and John talk about tonight's big duel -- EXCLUSIVE PHOTOS

Tonight features a Survivor first: spouses competing against each other in an individual competition. Thanks to this season’s Blood vs. Water twist (which features returning players playing with/against their loved ones) husband and wife John and Candice Cody will be competing against each other — as well as Marissa Peterson — with the last place finisher being eliminated from the game. We got some exclusive photos from tonight’s contest (at 8pm on CBS) for you right here, as well as a Q&A with the husband and wife themselves. What do they have to say about the big spouse smackdown? Read on to find out! (Click through all 5 pages to read the entire Q&A and see all the exclusive photos.) READ FULL STORY

InsideTV Podcast: Colton claims he did NOT quit 'Survivor' twice

Colton Cumbie secured his place in Survivor infamy last night when — coming off a season in which he was a legitimate contender for most unlikable Survivor contestant ever — he quit just days into Survivor: Blood vs. Water because he didn’t like his tribemates. But if he thought he was taking the easy way out, he was wrong, because host Jeff Probst lit into him for what the host suggested was a “selfish” move. Actually, the host suggested a lot more than that, even reaching into the past of Survivor: One World to throw another accusation Colton’s way. “What is it that has happened on your tribe that is forcing you to quit,” asked Probst, “for what now I can confirm for myself is a second time? The first time you feigned an appendicitis. Turns out you didn’t have it. You want to own that one now?”

Colton called into Entertainment Weekly Radio (SiriusXM, channel 105) this morning and, in fact, did not want to own it, claiming that it was some sort of mystery illness that led him to leave Survivor: One World. Colton told Jessica Shaw and me exactly why he quit this time, how he felt about Probst raking him over the coals, and what he thinks the public’s perception of him is now. He also reveals what put him on the outs of the tribe (targeting Aras), and that he actually would not have quit had Tyson swapped places with Rachel at Redemption Island, putting her on his tribe. Whether you love him or hate him — and I’m guessing almost everyone falls into the latter category — you’ll want to hear what Colton has to say about his latest debacle of a showing and you can do it by clicking on the audio player icon below. READ FULL STORY

'Survivor: Blood vs. Water': Jeff Probst says 'we couldn't blame Colton without also blaming ourselves'

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

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Like a lot of viewers, I know you had your doubts about Colton returning, and sure enough he quits just a few days into the game. He talked a lot about rehabbing his image this time around. What do you think the public perception of Colton Cumbie is after this outing?
JEFF PROBST: Probably pretty close to what I said to him at Redemption Island Arena. Go away and don’t come back. I very much felt as though I was saying what most viewers would say if given the chance. There was no image rehab happening during Blood vs. Water. I don’t know Colton outside of this game so maybe he leads a very happy, loving, balanced life back home. I hope he does. I have formed my opinion only from the handful of days he has played Survivor and based on that — my opinion is that he’s led a pretty sheltered and soft life.  When things go south, he just quits and goes home. I wasn’t surprised at all that he quit. READ FULL STORY

'Survivor: Blood vs. Water': The newbies reveal what other Survivors they'd like to play with

On Survivor: Blood vs. Water, returning contestants from the show have come back to play with/against their loved ones. As a result, we have spouses (Rupert & Laura, Monica & Brad, Candice & John), other couples (Colton & Caleb, Tyson & Rachel, Kat & Hayden), mothers and daughters (Tina & Katie, Laura & Ciera), siblings (Aras & Vytas), and an uncle and niece (Gervase and Marissa).

But what if those newbies could come play with someone else that was not their loved one? Whom then would they pick? I asked them that very question while out on location before the game began. (Well, I asked most of them that question. Candice and her husband John showed up late at the very end of the day due to being a last minute medical replacement for RC and her dad, so my time with them was short and I wasn’t able to squeeze the question in. Either that or I simply forgot. But I’m going to go ahead and blame it on the time constraints.)

So what former Survivor player would Hayden like to play with? What about Brad — or, as Probst calls him, “Culpepper”? And Vytas? Find out by watching the video below. You may be surprised by some of the answers. Or maybe not. I guess it all depends on how surprised you generally get in life. In any event, enjoy… READ FULL STORY

'Survivor' host Jeff Probst grills 'Millers' writer John Cochran -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

First, John Cochran won Survivor. Then, he moved to L.A. to write for The Millers. And now, we’ve got an exclusive look at another installment of Surviving L.A., a four-part behind-the-scenes look at Cochran’s transition from island champion to Hollywood writer.

In the latest installment, Cochran meets the cast, forms his “main alliance” with Millers star Beau Bridges, and gets quizzed by Survivor host Jeff Probst. Cochran admits he uses the same “selfish instinct” in the writers’ room as he did on the island and says he has Survivor to thank for his success. Probst and Cochran then briefly geek out about Cheers co-creator James Burrows directing an episode of The Millers before Probst has to be on his way … leaving only his Probstégé behind.

Check in on how Cochran’s new life is treating him in the video below:
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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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