SurvivorLatest News and Opinion
Posted Wednesday 6/20/18 at 1:32PM EDT
ABC announces Castaways, a Lost-meets-Survivor reality show
Premiering on Aug. 7 after Bachelor in Paradise, Castaways will send 12 diverse strangers "torn from their ordinary lives" as they are dropped off on various islets in Indonesia. Like Lost, Castaways will flash back to their real lives back home. "Castaways is a revolutionary series testing the human need for companionship under extreme circumstances as each individual learns there are other castaways out there but are unaware of how many, their locations or when they will be rescued," ABC said in announcing the new series.
Posted Friday 6/15/18 at 10:55PM EDT
Can Emmy's reality TV competition category be fixed? Only three shows have won in the past 15 years
Since the reality competition category was created in 2003, The Amazing Race has won 10 times, The Voice has taken four Emmys and Top Chef has won just once. The problem is there is very little turnover and not enough new groundbreaking reality shows. The reality category follows the tradition of the Emmy category for talk shows, which has mostly been dominated by four guys over the past two decades: David Letterman, Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert and John Oliver. ALSO: Why do the Emmys keep snubbing Survivor's Jeff Probst?
Posted Monday 6/11/18 at 9:19PM EDT
Survivor's Zeke Smith is dating Superstore's Nico Santos
“We’re here! We’re queer! We’re bunching,” the NBC sitcom star captioned a photo of him and Smith, who was outed as transgender last year while competing on Survivor. “Getting some after parade gnomons with my love. Happy Pride Los Angeles!!!”
Posted Friday 6/08/18 at 11:16PM EDT
Survivor producer says having Mike White competing will be a "fun experiment"
"We’ve had other celebrities come in before, but it’s mostly been professional athletes," says Matt Van Wagenen of the two-time Amazing Race competitor, who's known as a writer/actor for the movie School of Rock and HBO's Enlightened. "This was a different take for us, and we weren’t sure how his gameplay was going to be. Was he going to come in and tell everybody who he was? How open was he going to be with all of this? It was just a fun experiment for us to see how he played, and I think appropriately enough, he was also on the Goliath tribe because of his record and how successful he is."
Posted Friday 5/25/18 at 10:33AM EDT
Filmmaker Mike White and wrestler John Hennigan to compete on Survivor
White, who co-created HBO's Enlightened, is no stranger to CBS reality shows having competed on two seasons of The Amazing Race with his dad. Tough Enough champ Hennigan will also compete on the David vs. Goliath season.
Posted Thursday 5/24/18 at 4:10AM EDT
How to fix Survivor: Strip Jeff Probst of his producing duties, and have fewer twists and themes
After 18 years, Survivor could greatly improve if it dropped the idols and advantages, the twists and turns, and fixed the editing. Another important that should be done, but probably won't, is to stop Probst from also simultaneously working as a producer. "His endless challenge exposition is grating, but the real problem is that he’s producing in the moment instead of hosting," says Andy Dehnart. "It’s painful to watch as he tries to force things to happen or make Television Moments, especially when he misses the actual story."
Posted Thursday 5/17/18 at 9:56AM EDT
Survivor reportedly punished a contestant for posting a selfie with another castaway
TMZ reports only one of the two Survivor stars from an upcoming season will be punished after taking a photo together and posting it to social media, violating their non-disclosure agreement. Contestant Alec Merlino will lose his $10,000 appearance fee and he won't be invited to the finale.
Posted Tuesday 5/15/18 at 1:10PM EDT
Report: Two contestants on an upcoming Survivor season flagrantly violated their nondisclosure agreements
The two contestants from Season 37 could each be on the hook for $5 million after posting an image together on social media, with the caption: "F*ck it," TMZ reports.
Posted Friday 5/04/18 at 7:23PM EDT
Survivor alum Zeke Smith has had only positive experiences since being outed as transgender on the show last year
"I have not had a single negative encounter," he says in a Hollywood Reporter essay, adding: "During the past year, I've traveled extensively and met thousands of Survivor fans. I've become an expert at taking selfies; dodged make-out attempts from drunk ladies at Graceland and welcomed the advances of gentlemen in gay bars across America. But my favorite Survivor fan interactions are those in my homeland of Oklahoma, where at 18 I was chased out with torches and pitchforks. Now I return as a bit of a favorite son. I take pictures with children in Bible school t-shirts."
Posted Wednesday 5/02/18 at 10:57PM EDT
Jeff Probst defends Survivor from complaints of too many twists
Fans have always complained about Survivor twists going back to the early seasons, he says. “Anything that messes with somebody they like in the game, people hate,” says Probst. “Anything that helps somebody they like in the game, they will love.”
Posted Wednesday 5/02/18 at 4:40PM EDT
The View alum Elisabeth Hasselback signs a book deal
The former Survivor contestant, who has been off of TV since leaving Fox & Friends in 2015, will write a memoir-like book titled Point of View. It's her second book after 2009's The G-Free Diet: A Gluten-Free Survival Guide about living with celiac disease.
Posted Wednesday 4/18/18 at 2:31PM EDT
CBS renews 11 shows, leaving Criminal Minds on the bubble
Being renewed are MacGyver, Bull, Hawaii Five-0, Blue Bloods, Survivor, The Amazing Race, Madam Secretary, 48 Hours, 60 Minutes, NCIS: Los Angeles and NCIS: New Orleans. Missing from the list is Criminal Minds, which is ending its 13th season. CBS says a decision on Season 14 will made around the time of the network's upfronts. Other CBS shows that remain on the bubble include Elementary, Man with a Plan, Superior Donuts, Life in Pieces, Code Black, Living Biblically, Scorpion and Kevin Can Wait.
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Posted Thursday 4/05/18 at 12:48AM EDT
Has Survivor become too twist-heavy this season?
Survivor: Ghost Island is the season where, according to Joe Reid, the "recent trend towards more — more twists, more idols, more surprises, more blindsides — has begun to bite them in the ass. After two straight weeks of predictable eliminations, the critics and fanbase have grown restless. Is a Survivor episode no longer worth a damn if there aren’t double-switches and a blindside at tribal council? Can the show afford any kind of ebb in its narrative flow before the fans start kvetching that it’s gotten boring?"
Posted Tuesday 3/20/18 at 9:40PM EDT
Jeff Probst doesn't think Survivor should put a limit on the number of times alums can return
So far, there have been four Survivors who've competed four times. When asked should there be a limit, Probst said: "No, I really don’t think so. I think that would be foolish to say, ‘Yeah, five is the number.’ Because there is that idea of diminishing returns, but there’s also the idea of, maybe this is the time! It’s like playing a lottery. Maybe I’ll win this week! ‘Jim, you’ve been playing for 27 years, you spent a lottery trying to win the lottery.’ I know, but what if? It’s always a question of what if.” ALSO: Fear Factor to pit Survivor vs. Big Brother alums.
Posted Monday 3/12/18 at 6:57AM EDT
Survivor alum spends her days educating college football players about sexual assault and violence against women
Survivor: Micronesia's Alexis Jones spent 251 days on the road last year speaking in R-rated terms to football players at some of "the biggest and baddest programs out there."