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'Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains': Looking for clues in the trailer

29 December 2009 12:16 PM, PST | Zap2It - From Inside the Box | See recent Zap2It - From Inside the Box news »

CBS won't officially announce the cast for "Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains" until Jan. 9, but after looking at the trailer, we have a decent idea of who might be lining up on each side.

The network ran a 115-second teaser for the new edition, the show's 20th, during the "Survivor: Samoa" finale on Dec. 20. The first minute or so is a look back at earlier seasons. Around the 1:10 mark, though, things start to get interesting, as host Jeff Probst starts talking about the villains -- chosen for their skills in "deception, manipulation and duplicity," and the heroes, who represent "integrity, courage and honor." Here's the full trailer:

After multiple viewings and frame-by-frame (or, Ok, clicking play and pause a whole bunch of times) analysis of the trailer, we saw the following people. Some of them -- especially inaugural winner Richard Hatch, who was in jail during the filming of "Heroes vs. »

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Backstage Interview with 'Survivor: Samoa' Contestant Russell Hantz

21 December 2009 7:56 AM, PST | buddytv.com | See recent BuddyTV news »

Going into last night's Survivor Reunion show I wasn't certain how the fans were going to react. Would they boo Russell out of the building like a wrestling villain? Would they hail him as the conquering hero come home from war? Would they get behind someone else - Natalie, Brett or Jaison?

In reality CBS Studio City felt like a storm brewing, with warm and cold fronts of fan reactions meeting in the middle. Half the crowd erupted when Brett won the first immunity, and the other half responded in turn when Russell won the last. The split decision was fitting, since no one since Richard Hatch has generated such heated and contradictory emotions.  »

- editor@buddytv.com

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"Friends" Named The Decade's Most Watched Show On TV

4 December 2009 2:10 AM, PST | icelebz.com | See recent iCelebz news »

It may have left the small screen five years ago, but "Friends" is still unbeatable. The NBC sitcom, which spawned stars out of six then little known actors, is TV's most watched show of the decade.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the show's last episode titled "The Last One" averaged 52.5 million viewers on May 6, 2004. It was the most watched entertainment telecast in six years, and remains to be surpassed.

Next is "Survivor: Borneo," the first in the franchise that now reaches its 19th season. The reality competition show's two-hour ender on August 23, 2000, where Richard Hatch claimed to be the ultimate survivor, garnered 51.7 million.

In the era when "Bachelor"-type reality shows rule, "Joe Millionaire" was a breath of fresh air. Around 40 million viewers tuned in at the show's finale on February 17, 2003 to see which bachelorette would fake millionaire Evan Marriott choose, and who she would react when she learned that »

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'Survivor: Samoa': Where does Russell rank on list of all-time best players?

3 December 2009 5:01 AM, PST | EW.com - PopWatch | See recent EW.com - PopWatch news »

After watching him target and oust every obstacle in his path (from Marissa and Betsy to Kelly and Laura), find three hidden immunity idols (two with no clues), and flip Shambo over to his side, it is time to start asking: Where does Russell stand on the list of best Survivor players ever? Of course, it depends on what criteria you use to define "best".  Richard Hatch, who practically wrote the rulebook on how to play the game, has to stand atop the list of best pure strategists, followed by Cook Islands' Yul, Fiji's Yau-Man and Amazon's Rob Cesternino. There »

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25 Men Who Might Actually Consider Posing for “Playgirl”!

24 November 2009 10:47 PM, PST | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

You can’t buy the kind of publicity Playgirl magazine has received for getting Levi Johnston to pose naked.

Well, actually, I guess you can. What did the magazine pay the ex-future-second-son-in-law anyway? Given all the ink and pixels that have been spilled over this, it was pretty good deal for Playgirl, especially since the word now is that he didn’t even do the whole lumberjack.

Not surprisingly, the magazine is said to be eagerly looking for other famous folks willing to disrobe.

We have some suggestions.

But let’s face it: Jake Gyllenhaal and Chris Evans are never going to pose naked for Playgirl. The same goes for virtually every other person on our annual Hot 100 list. These folks are at the very peak of their careers, and they need neither the money nor the, uh, exposure.

That said, there are plenty of other familiar faces (and bodies »

- Brent Hartinger

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Jeff Probst blogs 'Survivor: Samoa': episode 9

13 November 2009 3:01 AM, PST | EW.com - PopWatch | See recent EW.com - PopWatch news »

First off, I want to thank all of the Survivor fans who voted for the People’s Choice nominations.  Thanks to your support we were nominated for Best Competition Show.  Survivor previously won the Peoples Choice Award in 2001, 02, 03, 04 and thanks to our loyal fans we are once again nominated.  If you have time and want to vote for us to win, simply go to: http://www.peopleschoice.com/pca/vote/ Okay to this weeks episode… I Killed Something Y’All Little ole Natalie is really coming of age out in Samoa. Natalie killing the rat is one of my favorites moments of all time. »

- Jeff Probst

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Reality Star Hatch Free From Jail

16 October 2009 6:26 PM, PDT | WENN | See recent WENN news »

U.S. reality TV star Richard Hatch has walked free from a Massachusetts prison after completing a federal sentence for tax evasion.

The winner of desert island show Survivor left Barnstable County jail in Bourne early on Friday morning and was escorted home to Rhode Island by local police.

He was jailed for failing to pay tax on the $1 million (GBP666,700) he won as the victor of the first season of the CBS reality show.

Hatch, 48, now faces three years of supervision and must pay back the tax he owes.

He was convicted in 2006 and released to home confinement earlier this year, but Hatch was sent back to jail after violating the terms of his detention by conducting TV interviews. »

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Richard Hatch Once Again Free to Spout Nonsense on Morning TV

16 October 2009 6:45 AM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Did jail turn Richard Hatch straight? Following his own impeccable logic, it seems the only plausible reason why authorities in Bourne, Mass., released him early this morning. Well, either that or his 51-month sentence for not reporting his Survivor bounty to Uncle Sam was finally up. Either way, the nude-loving reality star was released from the Barnstable County Jail around 6:00 this morning, at which time he was taken to his home in Rhode Island (where, incidentally, he was serving out his previous home confinement before a morning chat with Matt Lauer landed him back behind bars). The 48-year-old was placed on three years' supervised release, ordered to complete a mental health program and will not »

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'Survivor' star 'jailed for nine more days'

8 October 2009 12:30 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Former Survivor star Richard Hatch will remain behind bars for a further nine days, according to Access Hollywood. The 48-year-old, who won the first season of the CBS show, was sentenced to 51 months in jail after allegedly failing to pay the taxes on his $$1m prize. He had been serving the remainder of his sentence in home confinement when he was sent back to prison last month for giving reportedly authorised media interviews. Hatch had been scheduled for release today. His attorney said: "Rich was ordered (more) »

- By Lara Martin

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Tsunami kills people in Samoa near Survivor locations, but remaining crew is safe

29 September 2009 3:30 PM, PDT | Reality Blurred | See recent Reality Blurred news »

A tsunami caused by an offshore earthquake hit Samoa and killed an unknown number of people in the areas near where Survivor filmed its 19th and 20th seasons, but remaining crew members are safe. Filming had already concluded on Survivor Samoa, which taped earlier this summer, and Survivor 20, which was filmed soon after 19 finished and was scheduled to wrap up before Sept. 20, according to a letter to Richard Hatch asking him to... keep reading » » read the full story and comment, or find the latest news about Survivor Samoa

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- Andy Dehnart

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Richard Hatch staying in prison, maybe until Oct. 26

23 September 2009 4:07 PM, PDT | Reality Blurred | See recent Reality Blurred news »

Today, a judge denied Richard Hatch's request to be returned to home confinement after the Survivor winner was sent back to jail after talking to the media without permission. He may be there longer than he would have been before: "The judge also said prison officials can discipline Hatch by taking away nine days of good time" so "he won't get out until Oct. 16," The AP reports. The Aclu supported Hatch's request to be... keep reading » » read the full story and comment, or find the latest news about Survivor

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- Andy Dehnart

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Link Tank: TV Blog Coalition Roundup for Sept. 18-20

21 September 2009 5:39 AM, PDT | Televisionary | See recent Televisionary news »

Televisionary is proud to be a member of the TV Blog Coalition. At the end of each week, we'll feature a roundup of content from our sister sites for your delectation. This week, I had an exclusive one-on-one interview with True Blood writer/executive producer Alan Ball the morning after the season finale and wrapped up the second season of the HBO vampire drama and took a look ahead to Season Three. I also put together a video interview package with the stars of NBC's new comedy series Community as they discuss the new comedy series and their individual characters. Elsewhere in the sophisticated TV-obsessed section of the blogosphere, members of the TV Blog Coalition were discussing the following items... Need to brush up on what went down in The Office's last season? Take BuzzSugar's Season 5 quiz! (BuzzSugar)When Survivor: Samoa ads boasted The Biggest Villain Ever, Scooter scoffed with »

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Aclu argues Richard Hatch should be released; jailing was "retaliation," attorney says

14 September 2009 7:20 PM, PDT | Reality Blurred | See recent Reality Blurred news »

Richard Hatch has been back in jail for almost a month now because he talked to the media without permission. He's being held in solitary confinement, and today the judge "granted the American Civil Liberties Union an emergency hearing on Hatch's behalf," The Boston Herald reported. The AP reported that "[t]he Aclu demanded Hatch's release from Barnstable County jail on Cape Cod" and "told U.S. District Judge Nathaniel Gorton that Hatch has been held under... keep reading » » read the full story and comment, or find the latest news about Survivor 20

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Civil Liberties Union Fights For Survivor Star Hatch

14 September 2009 12:06 PM, PDT | WENN | See recent WENN news »

The American Civil Liberties Union has stepped in to fight for the release of jailed reality TV star Richard Hatch - insisting he was imprisoned last month for criticising the government.

Hatch, the winner of Survivor: Borneo in 2000, was indicted and sentenced to four years behind bars in 2005 for failing to pay tax on the $1 million (£666,600) prize he'd earned from the show and subsequent TV appearances.

He was allowed to live in his Rhode Island home under supervision following his release from a federal facility in Morgantown, West Virginia in May.

Just three months later, Hatch was hauled off to a Massachusetts county jail used to temporarily hold federal prisoners after prosecutors claimed he had given TV interviews that had not been approved by the Federal Bureau of Prisons.

In an interview broadcast hours before his arrest, Hatch told America's Today show, "I know without question that there are personal issues involved for the prosecutor. I don't know why. The prosecutorial misconduct has been egregious."

Union leaders are now offering their support to Hatch, filing a request for his release with a federal judge on Monday.

Hatch's home confinement was due to end on 7 October - but a release date has yet to be disclosed. »

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Ask the Flying Monkey! (September 7, 2009)

8 September 2009 6:10 AM, PDT | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

Q: Do you know if any of the contestants on Survivor: Samoa are going to be Glbt? I just checked out their profiles and at least three of the guys list things like "womanizer", "never been rejected", and "a woman's dream." Is CBS trying to overly heteroize the show that has been strategically won by at least two openly gay men (Todd and Hatch)? – Topher, Toronto, Canada

A: There are no gay male contestants that we know of (although it’s always possible someone hasn’t yet come out to the network).

Is CBS trying to “heteroize” the show? Although I love your coining of a new term, I’d strenuously argue that they’re not. In fact, we recently talked with Jeff Probst, and I’m convinced he doesn’t see the show in those terms at all.

“When you look at the long-term of the show, you hopefully have some diversity, »

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Survivor: It's A Court Case If Richard Hatch Isn't Released, Lawyer Says

26 August 2009 10:29 AM, PDT | buddytv.com | See recent BuddyTV news »

Back to first Survivor winner Richard Hatch, and the slightly messy situation he's been in just as he prepares to finish his home confinement sentence, something he incurred after not paying his taxes.  You might remember that, after his interview with NBC's Matt Lauer (where he alleged that he was jailed because of his homosexuality), he was brought back to jail on light of two other media interviews that authorities did not approve.

Now, Hatch's lawyer, Cynthia Ribas, is threatening to go to court if he is not released from jail soon.  "It's awful," she told reporters.  "It's been eight days.  He's tormented.  It makes no sense.  We'll file something in a real court of law if they don't get him out of here." »

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"Survivor" Richard Hatch Re-Arrested Following "Today" Appearance

20 August 2009 3:34 AM, PDT | icelebz.com | See recent iCelebz news »

First ever "Survivor" winner Richard Hatch has been re-arrested just hours after he appeared on the "Today" show for an interview with Matt Lauer.

The 48-year-old, who was jailed for failing to pay taxes on the million prize he won on the reality show, was serving the final months of his sentence on home confinement in his sister's Newport home.

On Tuesday, after he appeared on the NBC show and was interviewed by Lauer, he was taken into custody and is being held at the Barnstable County Correctional Facility.

According to the Providence Journal, he had not secured permission to appear on the show. Apparently, he has to get authorization for everything he does while on house arrest.

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Hatch is back in jail because he didn't get permission for Access Hollywood interview

19 August 2009 6:37 PM, PDT | Reality Blurred | See recent Reality Blurred news »

Richard Hatch was sent back to jail because he talked to Access Hollywood without permission. If only that happened with every person that went on tabloid TV, we might quickly rid ourselves of an annoying genre. Inmates on house arrest have to get media appearances approved by the federal Bureau of Prisons, and while Hatch got permission to appear on The Today Show, he didn't get permission for interviews with NBC Universal-owned Access Hollywood nor... keep reading » » read the full story and comment, or find the latest news about Survivor

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Why Did Richard Hatch End Up in the Slammer Again? (Hint: Not Because He's Gay)

19 August 2009 3:20 PM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Just when he thought he was out, they pull him back in. Richard Hatch was jailed Tuesday night in Massachusetts, just hours after his pretaped interview with Matt Lauer—in which he blamed antigay discrimination for his lengthy prison sentence—aired on Today. Officials, citing "privacy concerns," are being pretty tight-lipped when it comes to how Hatch went from A to Behind Bars. But all signs point to some sort of violation concerning his return to the media spotlight yesterday. Hatch, who is under home confinement until Oct. 7 and must get permission to run simple errands, had permission to speak with Lauer at his sister's Newport, R.I., home, where the one-time Survivor »

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Survivor: Richard Hatch Returns To Prison (And Nobody Seems To Know Why)

19 August 2009 12:21 PM, PDT | buddytv.com | See recent BuddyTV news »

So much for looking defiant in his interview with NBC's Matt Lauer yesterday.  Turns out, after taping the interview which aired yesterday morning--where he alleged that he was imprisoned because he's gay--Richard Hatch was brought back to prison, and nobody seems to know why.

Well, actually, officials know why, but they aren't telling, citing "privacy concerns".  It seems the Rhode Island Us Attorney's Office doesn't know why it happened, and the same goes for his lawyer. »

- editor@buddytv.com

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