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
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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
Vampire Diaries fans have been waiting all summer for their first glimpse at a human Katherine, a happy Delena and, of course, the big bad who looks a whole lot like Stefan. And now, the first season five promo gives us all those things, with an added bonus of bathtub bubbles and a few (literal) sparks.
From Damon and Elena exchanging heartfelt “I Love You”s to what appears to be Silas (?) getting up close and personal with Katherine — who’s in Damon’s bathtub — and telling her that “human looks better on you than I would’ve thought,” this promo is full of all of the right kinds of tension. And could that flirtation be what tips Damon off that Silas is not Stefan? We all know that Stefan isn’t exactly Katherine’s biggest fan. Unless, of course, that’s Stefan flirting with Katherine, in which case things are really going to get interesting.
Other notable moments: What looks like Jeremy getting in a fight, and somebody’s car crashing into a pole. Oh, and Damon doesn’t know how to spell doppelganger.
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'Survivor: Blood vs Water': Jeff Probst on the pair that was pulled from the game right before filming
Something was fishy when I arrived in the Philippines the day before the filming began to interview the 10 pairs set to compete in Survivor: Blood vs. Water. Namely, the fact that one of them was missing. RC Saint-Amour (from Survivor: Philippines) and her father Craig, who were supposed to be one of the dynamic duos, were nowhere to be found. And the other contestants were just as confused as I was. RC and her dad had indeed traveled over to the Philippines with the other cast members, and were staying at the same pre-game location with them. Then, all of a sudden, they were gone. READ FULL STORY
It’s The Camila-nator. You had to know she’d be back.
Though we can’t say what went down before the start of this exclusive clip that made Camila feel like she’d been “crucified,” we can say the results including her storming around the Challenge house with such rage that ex-boyfriend Johnny Bananas compares her to an angel dust-addled perp from COPS. Even CT is cowering! And when the cactus-puncher is ducking for cover, you know there’s trouble afoot. Watch below. READ FULL STORY
Hell on Wheels fans may want to keep an eye on the Twitter account of Quigley, the horse star Anson Mount rides on the AMC Western, come Saturday night. Odds are he’ll have a strong opinion about the scene in our sneak peek below. Cullen (Mount) and Elam (Common) run into a bit of trouble when they forge deep into Indian territory to secure a new lumber source after a railroad accident. In the clip, Jimmy Two Squaws (Brent Briscoe), a fur trader who became adept at marrying into tribes to consolidate his business networks and is frequently hired by railroad scouts and traders to negotiate with tribes on their behalf, delivers a request to Cullen from Red Bear (Adam Beach), chief of the Kiowa. READ FULL STORY
This certainly isn’t the first time tears have been shed during a challenge, but Nany and Jonna’s jaunt through an electrified obstacle course on tonight’s Rivals II is so wimpy that fellow competitor Frank deems it “the most pathetic show[ing] I’ve ever seen on a Challenge,” and host TJ Lavin calls it “pitiful” (while holding a foofy little white dog, no less!). By the end of the exclusive clip below, you might be crying too — from laughter.
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Earlier this summer, Jeff Probst officially broke the news on Entertainment Weekly Radio that the 27th season of Survivor — titled Blood Vs. Water — would feature returning Survivor players and their loved ones. And now we can officially reveal that one of those pairs will be Survivor: One World’s Kat Edorsson and her boyfriend, Big Brother season 12 champ Hayden Moss. And the two talk about it for the first time right here! While players from both Survivor and Big Brother have appeared on fellow CBS reality competition show The Amazing Race — and a relative of Survivor’s Russell and Brandon Hantz, Willie, played on last summer’s Big Brother — Hayden will become the first person to have appeared on both programs.
In the video interview below (which was shot on location), I asked the couple which show is harder, Survivor or Big Brother. “I will answer that question exactly in about 39 days,” said Hayden the day before the game began. “Really, I’ll be the only person ever that can answer that question. So I’m excited to test it out and see what Survivor is all about.” READ FULL STORY
Tonight’s episode of Entertainment Weekly and Sundance Channel’s series The Writer’s Room sits down with New Girl creator Liz Meriwether, star Jake Johnson, and executive producers Brett Baer and Dave Finkel.
Talking about the first kiss between Nick (Johnson) and Jess (Zooey Deschanel) in Jan. 29 episode, “Cooler,” Meriwether says, “We wanted it to be messy,” and Johnson himself admits that he was surprised the two characters’ showmance heated up as quickly as it did. But which of the loftmates was originally slated to kiss Jess at the end of a drunken night of True American? Find out in the video below! READ FULL STORY
Tonight’s episode of The Challenge: Rivals II is called “Mortuusequusphobia.” Now, you might be wondering, What is mortuusequusphobia? Well, for Georgia peach Jemmye, it’s 57 varieties of horror. Yes, TV fans, Jemmye has a shriek-inducing fear of ketchup — a phobia that low blow-throwing ex-boyfriend Knight has absolutely zero qualms about exploiting. Like an average episode of MTV’s long-running reality hybrid, the confrontation in question begins with your run-of-the-mill murder threats… and then things get really twisted. Watch the red terror below. READ FULL STORY
In the latest iteration of the action-adventure-reality genre, the CW has a late entry with the new series Capture, a man-versus-man-versus-wild competition set in an Inspector Gadget-like forest compound.
“You will hunt and be hunted. You will remain here for as long as you survive the game.” These are the foreboding words of Captured host Luke Tipple (also an Australian marine biologist, according to his website ).
The new CW competition series — premiering Tuesday — pits 12 teams of two against each other in an enclosed wilderness compound, where they fight each other, hunger pangs, unfortunate space-agey pantsuits, and bad weather in order to avoid being captured. When two teams are caught, the remaining teams vote to decide who must leave. The prize? $250,000.
Here’s a preview of the show, which looks like a real-life version of The Hunger Games meets The Blair Witch Project, or maybe it’s just the heavy panting and life-or-death-like-gamesman atmosphere?
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Season 3 of The Walking Dead was a bit of a rough road for Carl Grimes, what with him having to watch his mother die and then put a bullet in her brain so she did not come back as a zombie. Oh, and then he had to sit there while his dad went off the proverbial deep end. Will things be any better when AMC’s zombie drama picks up again for season 4 on Oct. 13? And where does the relationship between Papa Grimes and son stand?
“When Lori died the group was a lot smaller,” says Chandler Riggs (who plays Carl) in the video interview below, which was taken during Riggs’ Entertainment Weekly cover shoot (you can buy all three collector covers right here!). “So at the end of the season about 50 people [from Woodbury] got off that bus. And so now that there’s 50 more people in the group, Rick and Carl might have some more time to get closer together. Or not.” Way to be cagey!
To see exclusive footage from EW’s Walking Dead cover shoot and to hear Riggs talk more about where things stand for Carl (as well as what it’s like to go hang out with zombies every day on set), just click on the video player below. Also make sure to watch our exclusive Facebook video with Norman Reedus. And for additional intel on season 4 of The Walking Dead (which begins Oct. 13), check out the new issue of Entertainment Weekly, on stands now. READ FULL STORY
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