SurvivorLatest News and Opinion
Posted Thursday 8/02/18 at 10:51PM EDT
Survivor villain Russell Hantz says the show cost him his marriage
Hantz, who competed on three seasons of Survivor, says he took home the devious persona he developed from competing on the CBS reality show. “I stayed that person for years after and that is just not a good person in real life,” he told Australian magazine Who. “I didn’t go round lying, cheating and stealing, but I went around partying and everything else, so it’s just not a positive thing.”
Posted Monday 7/16/18 at 7:14AM EDT
CBS sends a "nice" legal letter to Survivor alum Jonny Fairplay
The former Survivor villain's podcast and merchandise uses a logo similar to Survivor's. So CBS lawyers have gently warned him to cease and desist.
Posted Tuesday 7/03/18 at 3:01PM EDT
Survivor has reportedly dropped its longtime casting director
Source: reality blurred
Emmy-nominated casting director Lynne Spiegel Spillman, who has been casting Survivor since its launch in 2000 and who has also cast The Amazing Race, has reportedly been fired, according to former Survivor contestant Shane Powers and confirmed by her son. There has been no official word on why she was let go, and whether she was also let go from The Amazing Race.
Posted Thursday 6/28/18 at 1:18PM EDT
Survivor contestant apologizes after her old N-word tweets surface
Survivor: David vs. Goliath contestant Jessica Peet, 19, came under fire after screenshots of her N-word tweets from three to five years ago surfaced. CBS has yet to comment, but Peet issued a statement to TMZ saying: "I want to apologize for what I posted as a 14 year old teenager. In no way did I mean it in a derogatory nor racial way. I do hope people are willing to forgive, and understand I was immature and I've done a lot of growing up since then."
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
Source: Us Weekly
“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"
Source: Entertainment Weekly
"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
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
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
Source: reality blurred
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
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
"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.