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
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'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
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
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
The Bravermans are back! Well, they will be on Sept. 26. But for now, we’ve got a glimpse into what life is like at Adam and Kristina’s house in season five. Hint: It’s just as chaotic as ever.
For one, Kristina is cancer-free — Yay! — but it doesn’t look like she’ll be getting a lot of time to rest. Now that baby Nora is walking, she’s not so easy to keep up with, and on top of that, Max appears to have found a new, very invasive hobby: Photography. According to Max, Hank’s — yes, that Hank — photography studio is within his walking “radius,” so he stopped by and hung out with Sarah’s ex for one hour and 41 minutes, during which Hank told him he needed to start taking pictures of people. Ten-thousand pictures to be exact. And why? Because if Max continues only taking pictures of bugs and lizards Hank “says I’ll end up poor and homeless.” Isn’t it wonderful how nothing has changed? More importantly, does this mean Hank will try and get Sarah back?!
Watch a scene from the Parenthood season five premiere below: READ FULL STORY
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
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
Could tonight be the end of Diem? In a crippling turnabout, the control-freak Challenger finds herself defensively trying to crawl out of an elimination hole this week. Her desperate maneuvering sets off a domino effect of friction with competitor Jemmye and widespread doubt over on-again boyfriend CT’s motives in rekindling their showmance. If you’re not busy mopping up tears over the possibility that even true(ish) love is a pawn in CT’s game, watch the fireworks between Diem and Jemmye below.
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He is perhaps Survivor’s biggest villain — not for anything he did strategically in the game, but rather for the way he treated his fellow One World tribemates on a personal level. Many viewers called him a flat-out racist for his comments towards African-American tribemate Bill Posley. And yet despite all that — or, more likely, because of it — Colton Cumbie was asked to return to play Survivor: Blood vs. Water, and bring his fiancé Caleb Bankston with him. READ FULL STORY
We’ve seen what the returning players on Survivor: Blood vs. Water can do, but which of their loved ones has what it takes to potentially win the million dollars when the season premieres Sept. 18 on CBS? I asked host Jeff Probst on the first day of filming in the Philippines back in May to name the new players that were just as strong if not stronger than their loved ones. And one of the names he came up with may surprise you. “Colton’s fiancé Caleb — he’s one of my favorites to win,” said Probst. “He’s so likable. And he’s capable out on the field, in the water, and I think he’s gonna sway a lot of people. I think he’ll even sway Ciera to change her mind about gay rights!” READ FULL STORY
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