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7 items from 2014


Why 'Big Brother's' master strategist Derrick should be on 'Survivor' next

24 September 2014 11:29 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Derrick Levasseur has masterfully controlled this season of "Big Brother." When it ends tonight, following the premiere of "Survivor San Juan Del Sur," Derrick will most likely be the winner. He should compete on "Survivor" next. As one of the quieter members of the best Big Brother cast in years, Derrick stood out not for having an over-the-top personality, but for his impeccable game. Socially and strategically, he dominated. First, yes, there's a small chance something could get in his way of winning: a bitter jury could vote for his opponent, or he could lose the final Hoh competition. ("Big Brother" traditionally and stupidly uses a final Hoh competition that's essentially random--the players have to guess answers to questions the jury members were asked--so it's basically equivalent to a dice roll.) Still, even with the slim chance that he loses that competition, Derrick has created such strong relationships that he'll »

- Andy Dehnart

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Against casting crazy people on reality TV shows

17 September 2014 9:11 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Jeff Probst is trolling us again. For "Survivor"'s 29th season, CBS and Probst--who's the show's executive producer, showrunner, and host--have cast John Rocker. Yes, that's the former baseball player who said all those awful things in Sports Illustrated back in the 1990s, and who has continued to say awful things, from using anti-gay slurs in a restaurant in the early 2000s to arguing last year that the Holocaust would never have occurred if Jewish people had and used guns. Probst defended Rocker's casting by calling him "a perfect fit for this show because of all the baggage he brings in" and arguing that because Rocker "made some very controversial, polarizing comments about how he views the world. That is in its core, when you take away all the strategy and all the challenges — that is what Survivor is about." I hate to take the bait here and react to such obvious trifle, »

- Andy Dehnart

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Iconic Naked Moments on Reality Television

17 July 2014 2:22 PM, PDT | VH1.com | See recent VH1.com news »

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Reality television has grown from a controversial experiment to a permanent fixture in pop culture, where regular people become larger than life figures such as Kim Kardashian and Snooki. And as reality television evolved, clothes seemed to disappear more and more, until one day Dating Naked was born. You can check that out Thursdays at 9/8C starting tonight, and go back in naked reality TV history here.MTV’s The Real World brought people from random backgrounds together to experience life outside of their comfort zones. And once they stopped being polite and started getting real, they also got naked.

Where would skinny-dipping fiend Stassi Schroeder from Vanderpump Rules be without Ruthie and Tek from Real World: Hawaii? Love and Hip Hop wouldn’t have its steamy Erica Mena and Cyn Santana hot tub session without the infamous Real World: Miami threesome (in the shower) and Real »

- Diane Cho

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Interview: Lindsey Ogle discusses quitting 'Survivor: Cagayan'

28 March 2014 9:09 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

"Survivor" isn't a show for quitters and yet many players have quit on "Survivor" over 28 seasons. Players have quit with broken bones, nasty infections, heart problems, stomach problems and whatever those two things were that caused Colton to quit. Jenna quit to be near her ailing mother. Susan quit because Richard Hatch rubbed against her. Various levels of in-game misery caused Janu, Kathy, NaOnka and Purple Kelly to quit. On Wednesday (March 26) night's "Survivor: Cagayan," Lindsey Ogle quit because of her concerns that if she continued to spend time with gloating Bostonian Trish, something bad might happen. Jeff Probst hailed this as a strange sort of "Survivor" first. As a result, the Solana tribe lost Cliff and Lindsey, which Trish and Tony hailed as a huge triumph, even if they were now way down in numbers.  Solana subsequently won two straight challenges, which as either a fluke or addition by subtraction. »

- Daniel Fienberg

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What’s the Best Reality Show Ever? Finals: Survivor vs. Project Runway

25 March 2014 12:35 PM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

The first time I saw the Survivor season one finale, I was at a high school graduation party. At first, a few of the kids snuck off to watch the episode, and then a few parents joined them, and by the time we got to the now infamous "the snake and the rat" speech, just about every guest was crammed shoulder to shoulder, jockeying for a view of the episode's final moments. "Is he a bad guy?" someone's well-meaning dad asked. I believe the general response was "sort of," as various factions argued for Richard's skills and others noted his maniacal weirdness. Is Richard Hatch a bad guy? I'm still not sure.He was the guy who was cutting off rats' heads 19 minutes into the first episode of Survivor, insisting that people communicate only on his terms, and lounging around naked even as other contestants complained that it made them »

- Margaret Lyons

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'Survivor' finale moves off Sunday night for first time in 12 years

20 March 2014 6:40 AM, PDT | EW - Inside TV | See recent EW.com - Inside TV news »

The 28th Survivor season finale and reunion show is heading back to its roots — Wednesday night. Entertainment Weekly has learned that the Survivor: Cagayan three-hour extravaganza will air on CBS, May 21 from 8-11pm. Richard Hatch won his million dollar check on a Wednesday night back in the summer of 2000, then the show (and the finale/reunion combo) moved to Thursdays. But in 2002 during season 4, CBS moved the Survivor: Marquesas finale to Sunday night. It went back to Thursday for Survivor: Thailand later in 2002, but then returned to Sunday after that for Survivor: The Amazon is 2003. And that is »

- Dalton Ross

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The Best (and Worst) of “Survivor”

15 January 2014 11:00 AM, PST | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

There is something eternally entertaining about watching the decision-making processes of human beings. That’s why 27 seasons on, years and years after the shiny new glow of the reality concept has worn off, Survivor still exists. The simple format of systematically eliminating members of a group can play out in an infinite number of ways, all dependent on how people view themselves, view others in the group, and evaluate their own best interests. It’s a fascinating game, not complicated (be in the majority, stay there) but more complex than anyone could have envisioned it becoming.

I have not managed to watch every season, but each time I think I might finally give it up, I’m immediately re-engaged by the strategy as the contestants deftly and not-so-deftly maneuver around a gaggle of competing agendas and try to trick other people into letting them win. It’s the art of dirty, »

- Spencer Barnes

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