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
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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?!
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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
It’s the question fans love to debate: which reality show — Survivor or Big Brother — features better strategists? Which game requires greater skill and cunning to compete and complete. Well, fans aren’t the only ones who enjoy debating it: the contestants do as well. Even if they happen to be dating. I discovered that when I spoke to Survivor: One World’s Kat Edorsson and her boyfriend, Big Brother 12 champ Hayden Moss. The two will be appearing on Survivor: Blood vs. Water, which premieres on CBS Sept. 18 at 8pm, and when I asked if Hayden was looking forward to proving that Big Brother contestants had the strategic chops to match up with Survivor schemers, it led to a bit of a kerfuffle between the pair. READ FULL STORY
When The Voice first hit the reality-television scene years ago, there were a number of things that set it apart from other singing competitions — including the chemistry between coaches Christina Aguilera, CeeLo Green, Adam Levine, and Blake Shelton. And now, after a season without Aguilera and Green, the original foursome is reuniting for season 5 … and it feels so good.
In NBC’s newest promo, Levine and Shelton are enjoying a fishing trip together, reminiscing about how much they miss the show’s original divas by singing “Reunited,” when Aguilera and her killer vocals emerge from a critter-filled forest, and Green, who has since become Poseidon, rises from the depths of the sea to join the performance. But how will they get everyone safely to set? Oh, that’s right! Carson Daly has a yacht! As Green put it, “Now that is ridiculous.”
Watch the newest Voice promo below:
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When it comes to Survivor twists, none have been as controversial as the Outcasts twist in Survivor: Pearl Islands, which allowed contestants that had been voted out — and subsequently enjoyed plenty of food and shelter — a chance to return to the game. But the Redemption Island twist was pretty gosh darn close. Introduced in the Survivor: Redemption Island season as a safety net mechanism to keep returning players Russell Hantz and Boston Rob in the game for longer should they be voted out, it sent contestants that had been kicked out of their tribe to another location, where they would then compete to reenter the game at a later point. It was used again in the following Survivor: South Pacific season and then was put out to pasture. Or so we thought. READ FULL STORY
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