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InsideTV Podcast: Brandon Hantz says 'You're welcome' for his 'Survivor' outburst and that he is happy with what went down

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Watching the last episode of Survivor: Caramoan — Fans vs Favorites was one of the most awkward and uncomfortable television-viewing experiences I can remember. A guy who was clearly emotionally unstable his first time out on Survivor: South Pacific was brought back to compete again, and suffered yet another emotional breakdown, tossing his tribe’s food all over the ground while trying to start a fight with another contestant. That guy is Brandon Hantz, and Brandon called into this week’s episode of the InsideTV Podcast to discuss what the heck happened out there, his take after watching the episode, and how he is doing now back home with his family.

You never know what you are going to get with Brandon, but cohost Jessica Shaw and I are thrown for a loop as Brandon talks about how happy and proud he is of what happened out on the island. In fact, his only regret has nothing to do with throwing out the food or verbally attacking Phillip Sheppard, but is the point where he momentarily thought about quitting because he missed his family. He stands by everything else. He also insists there is no need for concern about his emotional or psychological state. It is a conversation you are not likely to soon forget, and to listen in, all you have to do is click on the audio player below.

Then, we move from one reality franchise to another as Jessica and I chat with the latest person to be fired on All-Star Celebrity Apprentice, Dee Snider. When it comes to being fired, Dee is not gonna take it! (Although, technically, he did kind of take it seeing as how he pretty much asked to get the boot.) The Twisted Sister frontman has no problems whatsoever giving us the inside scoop on what goes on in the Boardroom. He spills secrets on Trump, Amanda the receptionist, Adrian the elevator operator, and the other element of the last task that we never saw! [The Dee Snider All-Star Celebrity Apprentice interview starts at 30:00.] READ FULL STORY

'Survivor: Caramoan': Jeff Probst explains how he handled the Brandon Hantz meltdown and what we did NOT see

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Image credit: Monty Brinton/CBS

Each week, host Jeff Probst answers a few questions about the most recent episode of ‘Survivor: Caramoan — Fans vs. Favorites’.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: I asked you before the season started if Brandon was really emotionally stable enough to come back and play this game again, especially after we saw what happened to him last time. Now that we’ve all seen the result, I wonder if you can speak more on the decision to bring him back and how you all determine where the appropriate line is in terms of who is psychologically fit enough to handle this experience and who isn’t.
JEFF PROBST: Regardless whether you are a new player or a returning player, every contestant on Survivor undergoes an evaluation from our show psychologist each time they play. We never let anybody on the show who can’t pass the psych test. Brandon passed. He was also great in our interviews before the show began. We were actually very excited because he had a new approach to the game. He said he wasn’t going to be as emotionally reactive and felt that after playing once he was better prepared for the 39 day adventure. We felt Brandon had the potential for a true underdog story of a young man who was overwhelmed the first time he played and was seeking redemption.

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CBS sets finale dates for 'NCIS,' 'Big Bang Theory,' 'HIMYM,' and more

The end of the TV season is closer than you think! So start setting your plans — or, really, canceling all your plans. Need specific dates? You’re in luck. CBS has announced the finale dates for all its shows.

Check them out below. READ FULL STORY

InsideTV Podcast: Shamar from 'Survivor' reveals the other injury that sent him to the hospital, while Laura claims she knows how to swim

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Image credit: Monty Brinton/CBS

It was double trouble for the Fans tribe on Survivor: Caramoan — Fans vs Favorites last night as they lost two members. Shamar Thomas — who had threatened to quit earlier in the game — was pulled by doctors after scratching his cornea, while Laura Alexander was voted out after the Fans lost their fourth challenge in a row. Jessica Shaw and I spoke to both of them on the newest edition of the InsideTV Podcast to get the inside scoop on what really went down.

Shamar tells us about Jeff Probst’s visit to the beach that we did not see, reveals the other injury that sent him into emergency surgery, while also sharing his feelings on the players —including Sherri — who blasted him on camera. Then, Laura speaks about not being invited to the cool kids table, while identifying her biggest ally on the island, and sharing her background…on the swim team? You will have to hear it to believe it. And to hear it, all you have to do is click on the audio player icon below. (The Survivor chat and interviews start at 24:00.)

But first, we preview the big Bachelor finale. And to do that we bring in the world’s two foremost Bachelor experts: EW’s own Kristen Baldwin, and 83-year-old Nanny from Oklahoma, who is the grandmother of EW’s Breia Brissey. Nanny likes what she sees and sees what she likes when it comes to Sean, but she remains upset about the woman he did not pick to be his soul mate.  Listen in as she and Kristen debate the merits of the two remaining “ladies” and, as an extra bonus, hear Nanny go on and on about her Chippendales calendar! It is a must-listen discussion for any Bachelor fan. READ FULL STORY

'Survivor: Caramoan': Jeff Probst reveals that was not the first time he visited Shamar at the Fans camp

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Image credit: Monty Brinton/CBS

Each week, host Jeff Probst answers a few questions about the most recent episode of ‘Survivor: Caramoan — Fans vs. Favorites’.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: You’ve had people that have been seriously hurt and needed to be evacuated from the game, and others that maybe used not feeling well as an excuse to leave a game they were no longer prepared to play. Obviously Shamar’s eye injury ended up being serious enough that medical recommend he be pulled, but given his previous inclination towards quitting, when you were on your way out to the tribe camp, did you think maybe it was a case of someone looking for a way out?
JEFF PROBST: Being completely honest, yes. It went through my head because I had already visited Shamar a few days earlier (which we didn’t air) and he really seemed to want to go home, but his tribe talked him into staying. So when I got the call that he needed to see medical I was already speculating about the situation. But when I arrived it was clear his eye was injured, and when it comes to vision, you can’t take any risks. The call from the doctors to pull him from the game was an easy one to make. Whether he was secretly relieved, only he truly knows.  READ FULL STORY

'Survivor: Caramoan': Jeff Probst previews tonight's episode (and possible medical evacuation)

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Image Credit: Monty Brinton/CBS

If you’re a big Survivor fan, then you know what that picture above means.  It means trouble. At least for one of the contestants. And it goes down in tonight’s episode of Survivor: Caramoan — Fans Vs. Favorites. In addition to some exclusive pictures, we also got host Jeff Probst to weigh in with some teases on what we can expect tonight. “Anytime you see me approaching the Survivors’ camp, followed by two doctors, it’s not good news,” says Probst. “Somebody may be going home without a visit to Tribal Council…” Ah, but who? Whichever poor sap requires the medical attention, his or her outlook for staying does not look to good judging by the comment overheard in a CBS promo by the doctor that “I would like to pull you from the game.” Traditionally, if medical wants you out, then you’re out.

But that’s not all! Just check out the photo of the dude below. Who is he? Why is he so happy? And who is his dentist? Probst offers an answer…at least to the first question. “One tribe wins a visit from a local who radically improves their camp, and he is one of the funniest characters that’s ever been on the show,” says Probst. “If we could invite him back we would!”  (Oh, but you can, Jeff! It’s called Fans vs. Favorites 3: The Reckoning.) READ FULL STORY

InsideTV Podcast: Is Shamar ruining this season of 'Survivor'? Plus: Ousted Hope says the entire Fans tribe is now on the 'No Talking' list!

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Image credit: Monty Brinton/CBS

Jeff Probst has been hyping this season of Survivor: Caramoan — Fans vs. Favorites as one of the franchise’s best ever. However, three weeks in, there has been one big problem, and his name is Shamar. On the latest edition of the InsideTV Podcast, I explain how Shamar’s endless screaming at tribemates has hijacked the season. While producers were no doubt hoping Shamar would become a character that viewers would love to hate, his antics have inspired not anger nor fascination, but rather boredom. It’s like watching the same scene over and over and over again. Frankly, it’s exhausting. In fact, this entire season so far has been heavy on big personalities (Shamar, Brandon, Phillip) but light on big gameplay. To hear my thoughts on Shamar, the sudden disappearance of puzzles, and if anyone can stop Sherri, just click on the audio player below.

And that’s not all! I also spoke with the freshly ousted Hope Driskill about her experience on the Fans tribe. Why didn’t she keep her mouth shut and vote off Eddie to save herself? Are she and Eddie an item outside of the game? How does she feel about basically never being on screen? And why is she and every other member of the tribe now on the “No Talking” list? She tells all in our revealing chat. READ FULL STORY

Jeff Probst breaks down episode 3 of 'Survivor: Caramoan -- Fans vs. Favorites'

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Image credit: Monty Brinton/CBS

Each week, host Jeff Probst answers a few questions about the most recent episode of ‘Survivor: Caramoan — Fans vs. Favorites’.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Let’s get your take on the Shamar situation. What would you do if you were playing and had a guy that you needed in terms of numbers for a majority alliance, but he was tearing apart tribe chemistry and had already threatened to quit once? Would you keep him or cut him loose? 
JEFF PROBST: I would probably go to someone who I felt was on the bottom of the other alliance and make the following case:  “We have the numbers and we will vote your alliance out one by one.  There is an opening for you to make a move and join us but you have to decide right now.”  And then to add a bit of leverage I would add “and if you say no or if you tell anyone else — you will be the next one out.”  If they said yes — I’d make the switch and get rid of Shamar.  If not, I think you have to hold onto him a bit longer until you have enough numbers advantage that you can spare him.  At that point you get rid of him. READ FULL STORY

InsideTV Podcast: Allie from 'Survivor' calls Shamar a 'disgrace'. Plus: We talk 'Girls' and 'The Good Wife'

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Image Credit: Monty Brinton/CBS

Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned. Or a woman voted out first from her tribe on Survivor. We found that out first hand when Survivor: Caramoan — Fans vs Favorites bootee Allie Pohevitz called into the InsideTV Podcast to discuss her time on the island. She wasn’t too happy about being labeled “not the cutest” by cuddle-partner Reynold, but she saved the bulk of her ire for dehydration-phobic Shamar, labeling him “disgusting” and a “disgrace.”  “I cannot stand that man,” she says in case there is any doubt as to her true feelings. Click on the audio player below to hear more as Allie explains her biggest mistake, shares what really happened between her and Reynold on the night vision cam, and reveals which of the Favorites she would have liked to work with had she lasted longer in the game. Also, Jessica Shaw and I share our early impressions of the season and why some of the Shamar scenes make us feel a little uncomfortable as viewers. [The Survivor chat and interview starts at 17:00.]

But first, Jessica and I discuss and debate some Sunday night scripted fare. Jessica is among the group of Girls fans that have serious issues with season 2 of the HBO comedy. She presents her list of problems with the show and explains what she thinks it needs to do to get back on track. Then, we take a good, hard look at The Good Wife. Has the show rebounded from another shaky season-opening storyline? Is Cary leaving the firm? Is he taking Kalinda with him? And what about that kiss between Alicia and Will? We break it all down as Jessica shares some scoop from the stars and creators as to what to expect next. [The Good Wife chat starts at 9:15.] READ FULL STORY

Jeff Probst breaks down episode 2 of 'Survivor: Caramoan -- Fans vs. Favorites'

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Image credit: Monty Brinton/CBS

Each week, host Jeff Probst answers a few questions about the most recent episode of ‘Survivor: Caramoan — Fans vs. Favorites’.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: I wanted to ask you about a scene that was funny but also seemed to go against the Survivor philosophy and approach to filming. Usually the only time players directly acknowledge or address the camera is in their one-on-one confessional interviews. Otherwise, when they are with other people they are supposed to act as if the cameras are not even there. Yet in this episode you all showed a scene of Phillip speaking directly to the camera and introducing his tribe by their new Stealth-R-Us nicknames as they posed and made funny faces and gestures at the lens. Was there any concern about this being a departure by showing the tribe blatantly breaking the fourth wall?
JEFF PROBST: Nah.  We rarely do it, in fact I can’t think of another time.  But being that it was Former Federal Agent Philip Shepard and the favorite tribe all having played before — it was just a fun moment and was clearly telling the story of what was happening. Don’t you worry your pretty little head about it, Dalton. READ FULL STORY

Jeff Probst breaks down the 'Survivor: Caramoan -- Fans vs. Favorites' premiere

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Image credit: Monty Brinton/CBS

Each week, host Jeff Probst answers a few questions about the most recent episode of ‘Survivor: Caramoan — Fans vs. Favorites’.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Okay, man,  that “1 Survivor!” shot of you standing on that rocky peak looked super dicey. Tell us how the hell you got up — or down — there and if you had any concerns whatsoever about, you know…dying.
JEFF PROBST: Believe it or not just getting to the top of the rock was much more dangerous than actually standing there for the tag line. Here’s how we did it…  I was on board the chopper with the door off — our pilot flew in nice and close to the top of the spire and hovered there for about 5 seconds as I stepped OFF, yes, stepped off, the chopper and onto the top of the rock which is only about 2 sq ft.  Our director was holding my arm from inside the chopper as I stepped out to the rock- where our safety guy (who had climbed to the top – that’s right – climbed) grabbed my other arm to make sure I didn’t fall off the 125 ft rock and down to the ocean below.  He then quickly clipped a safety line to a harness I was wearing under my shirt.  For those five seconds I was definitely vulnerable but because of our well planned transition I was never really afraid, but it was without any question one of the riskiest and craziest things we have done.  After we had shot the tag line we did the same thing in reverse.  I won’t lie, I was concentrating very hard that I stepped carefully and quickly getting out and then getting back inside.  I love this job. [See an incredible video of Jeff being dropped off and picked up right here.] READ FULL STORY

'Survivor: Caramoan -- Fans vs. Favorites': Watch the first five minutes of the premiere right here! EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

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Image credit: Monty Brinton/CBS

Someone save Jeff Probst! That was my thinking after watching the first few minutes of the Survivor: Carmaoan — Fans vs. Favorites premiere (which airs tonight at 8pm on CBS). I’m not sure I’ve ever seen him deliver his big “1 Survivor” line and wondered, “How did they do that? And how is he still alive?” But I did this time. And you can see what I’m talking about as we exclusively present the first five minutes of the premiere right her and right now for your perusal. In it, you will get to see how both the Fans and Favorites arrive, as well as some classic moments from seasons past. All shall be revealed in the video player below. Watch and see for yourself! And in case you missed any of our pre-game Survivor coverage (including my state of Survivor nation chat with Jeff Probst), just click on the links below the video. Also, for Survivor news and views all season long, follow me on Twitter @DaltonRoss. Now enjoy the first five minutes of the Survivor: Caramoan premiere! READ FULL STORY

InsideTV Podcast: Jeff Probst talks spoilers, critics, returning players, and the state of 'Survivor' nation

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Image credit: Monty Brinton/CBS

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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