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Survivor: Philippines Ep. 25.14 “Million Dollar Question”: Despite a predictable winner, strong season goes out on a high note

17 December 2012 5:53 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »



Survivor: Philippines Review, Season 25, Episode 14

“Million Dollar Question”

Airs Wednesdays at 8pm (Et) on CBS

Approaching Survivor’s 25th season finale, evidence pointed to a final two that might benefit Lisa and Skupin if the chips fell correctly. The problem was that they were planning for a final three and setting themselves up to lose. Malcolm and Denise are the clear favorites at the start of this episode, and the last hurdle is making the Final Tribal Council. Once Jeff Probst clarifies that it is a final three, the “million dollar question” is who gets the chance to thump Lisa and Skupin. Both could make a convincing argument, but grabbing enough votes from a bitter jury is another matter. Malcolm is set up by the editing as the favorite, which makes his ultimate demise more predictable. The opening reward challenge offers a big advantage to the winner in the final battle. »

- Dan Heaton

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'Survivor: Philippines': Mike Skupin blames Ponderosa for his loss; says he was blackmailed by one juror

17 December 2012 3:20 PM, PST | EW - Inside TV | See recent EW.com - Inside TV news »

No Survivor contestant had ever come back to play after being away from the game for so long, but the 11-year absence did not hurt Michael Skupin, as the man with the most famous hands in reality TV history returned for Survivor: Philippines and made it all the way to the final Tribal Council. That’s where things went south, however, as Skupin and Lisa Whelchel were bested by Denise Stapley for the million dollars and title of Sole Survivor. In this post-finale Q&A, Skupin confirms that he thought he had won the game all the way until Jeff Probst read the final votes, »

- Dalton Ross

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'Survivor: Philippines': Who won: Lisa, Malcolm, Skupin or Denise?

16 December 2012 8:15 PM, PST | Zap2It - From Inside the Box | See recent Zap2It - From Inside the Box news »

Four finalists remained going into tonight's (Dec. 16) finale of "Survivor: Philippines": (Lisa Whelchel, returning player Michael Skupin, Malcolm Freberg and Denise Stapley.

And after 39 days and sitting in every single Tribal Council, Denise won the million-dollar prize and the title of Sole Survivor.

Before announcing the vote, however, Jeff Probst called for a moment of silence to honor the victims of the Newton tragedy -- offering a sober perspective on what it really means to "survive."

So "Survivor" is just a game, but Denise outwitted, outplayed and outlasted her way from the bottom to win.

Here's how she got there ...


Skupin compares voting Abi out to having a tumor removed. Malcolm complains that he was thrown under the bus, "with compliments," again when Abi pointed out how dangerous he was. Unlike Abi and Lisa, Skupin believes he has a "better story" than Malcolm and can beat him in the final three. »

- editorial@zap2it.com

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'Survivor' Villain Abi: Anyone Can Win

13 December 2012 12:23 PM, PST | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

Survivor showed the door to this season's biggest villain on Wednesday night, as 32-year-old Brazil native Abi-Maria Gomes was sent home right before the season finale. Et catches up with the business school student to find out if what we saw at home was the true Abi, what she thought of everyone's negative comments about her, and what lessons she learned in the Philippines.

ETonline: How difficult was it for you to be eliminated just right before the finale?

Abi: How hard was it? Oh my goodness, so hard, I could smell the million. I was just like, "God, no it's so close."

ETonline: So when you made your final argument, and they showed some of this last night on the show, what argument did you make for them to bring you and not Denise to the finale?

Abi: Well I'm the goat. I'm the bottom feeder. I'm the disgusting, horrible player »

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'Survivor': Was Abi's secret injury to blame for her bad temper?

13 December 2012 12:06 PM, PST | Zap2It - From Inside the Box | See recent Zap2It - From Inside the Box news »

Abi-Maria Gomes was the breakout villain of "Survivor: Philippines" because of her irascible temper, petulance and bullying, but it turns out she had a secret reason to be cranky: She badly injured her knee early in the game.

"I was trying to play it off while I was on the island because I didn't want them to think of me as the weak link," Abi -- voted out at the last Tribal Council -- tells Zap2it. "But when I got back to reality I actually had to go through surgery. That's the reason I was performing so poorly at challenges."

The "Survivor" medical team told Abi that to treat her injury, she'd have to be pulled from the game. "I didn't want that to happen. They told me, 'We understand you're in pain, but if you want a knee brace you basically have to be medevac'd.' I said out of question, »

- editorial@zap2it.com

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'Survivor' - 'Gouge My Eyes Out' recap: Abi's last stand

12 December 2012 8:02 PM, PST | Zap2It - From Inside the Box | See recent Zap2It - From Inside the Box news »

Five finalists remain on "Survivor: Philippines" -- the Fab Four (Lisa, Michael Skupin, Malcolm and Denise) and .. Abi.

Going into tonight's (Dec. 12) final regular episode, the bigmouth Brazilian had two shots to stay in the game: winning immunity, or persuading two of the four to drag her along as a sacrificial goat.


The five finalists celebrate making it to Day 34, with Abi, oblivious as usual, profusely thanking the others for keeping her around. Maybe in her "culture" goats deserve respect?

In their confessionals, Lisa reiterates that she'll bring someone she can beat, no matter how "yucky" it feels to keep Abi around, while Malcolm calls Lisa's strategy an eye opener.

Skupin laughs at Abi's "ironic" reversal of fortune, saying: "I think you thought you were going to be here [in the final five], just with different people."

He also giggles about Abi's announcement "with trumpets" that she's going into the woods to get water, »

- editorial@zap2it.com

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Lisa Whelchel Opens Up About the Facts of Life - After Divorce

29 November 2012 8:30 AM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Lisa Whelchel is full of surprises. Sitting in her home outside Dallas, she still looks every bit like Blair Warner, the pretty rich girl from the 80s sitcom The Facts of Life. But what she's saying is decidedly un-Blairlike. "I'm outdoorsy," she says. "I love to exercise and be outside. I don't care what I'm wearing, and I don't care if I'm uncomfortable. I am nothing like Blair." Whelchel, 49, has proved this to fans of Survivor: Philippines, in which she has demonstrated hard work around camp, a surprising proficiency for puzzle challenges, plus all the backstabbing and social skills necessarily »

- Steve Helling

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Interview: Pete Yurkowski talks 'Survivor: Philippines'

28 November 2012 3:51 PM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

I wasn't around to recap last Wednesday night's eventful episode of "Survivor: Philippines," but due to the Thanksgiving holiday, I was still able to have my weekly exit interview and chat with Pete Yurkowski about his torch-snuffing.   In one of those reversals of fortune that happen three or four times every "Survivor" season, Pete went from atop a seemingly powerful majority alliance to out-of-the-game over a two-episode span. First he helped minimize the Tandang domination by voting against long-time rival Rc, then he lost a tenuous ally when Mike Skupin flipped on Artis. And finally Pete was forced to beg »

- Daniel Fienberg

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Sneak Peek: The 'Survivor' Auction Returns!

28 November 2012 5:55 AM, PST | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

There are several Survivor touchstones that truly let the castaways know they've made it far in the game: the merge, letters from home and the auction all signify major milestones. Tonight, we're treated to the most enjoyable of the three as each remaining player is given $500 and Jeff Probst puts various items up on the bidding block!

Related - Survivor Artis: 'Abi Was Abusive"

In the past, some have used this auction as an opportunity to curry favor with the group and that might be a good idea for Abi considering her shaky status amongst the tribe.

After back-to-back Tribal Council votes that have cut her alliance at one, Abi's Idol is gone and her head is on the chopping block. Although according to her recently snuffed comrade, Pete, she stands no chance of winning and was the biggest factor in his ousting.

Related - Survivor Jeff: Lisa Burned Too Many Bridges

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Survivor: Philippines Ep. 25.10 “Whiners are Weiners”: Abi’s lack of self-awareness pushes her to the breaking point

22 November 2012 8:44 AM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Survivor: Philippines Review, Season 25, Episode 10

“Whiners are Weiners”

Airs Wednesdays at 8pm (Et) on CBS

There have been plenty of cases on Survivor where interesting characters were lost in the shuffle. If the editors decide they aren’t pivotal to the story, they may provide a limited perspective on them. Artis is a good example of this trend; exit interviews revealed an energetic guy who enjoyed his time on the island. That differs from the grumpy player shown for most of this season. On the other hand, there are nasty individuals who clearly aren’t just victims of the editors. Colton was a good example of this situation last time, and Abi-Maria plays a similar role in the Philippines. She nastily attacks other players and gets personal, which creates an uncomfortable environment. Rc was naïve enough to think she could work with Abi, but there’s little room to work with such a volatile person. »

- Dan Heaton

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'Survivor: Philippines' recap: Culture clash! Is Abi a villain or victim?

21 November 2012 9:37 PM, PST | Zap2It - From Inside the Box | See recent Zap2It - From Inside the Box news »

Ok, what Abi channel is "Survivor: Philippines" host Jeff Probst tuned in to? While the host with the most seems determined to attribute the paranoid bully's clash with her fellow Castaways to a "cultural misunderstanding," on the show we're watching, Abi is an envoy of Mean Girl Nation.

So how did the Brazilian babe charm her tribemates this week? Was the queen of the jungle finally dethroned?

Game On

While Skupin is reveling in his new power position after flipping on his tribe, Lisa kisses up to Abi. "I have never been good at breakups," says the former child star (who, incidentally, divorced her husband just days before filming started on "Survivor: Philippines"). "Clearly you're already aligned with them," snaps the sourpuss -- to the woman who has been loyal to her since day one.

Reward Challenge

The tribes are divided into two teams competing for the reward: a spa »

- editorial@zap2it.com

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What are 'Survivor' stars most thankful for? Breakfast burritos, Jell-o shots and more

21 November 2012 11:06 AM, PST | Zap2It - From Inside the Box | See recent Zap2It - From Inside the Box news »

Whether or not they win the million-dollar prize "Survivor" contestants come away from the game with a new appreciation for everything they missed during the game.

Braving the elements for up to 39 days, Castaways are deprived of food, shelter, sleep and basic amenities -- all while battling to outwit, outplay and outlast their fellow competitors.

This Thanksgiving, we checked in with the cast of "Survivor: Philippines" to find out what they appreciate most now that they are back at home.

Carter Williams: I'm thankful for Keanu Reeves movies and breakfast burritos.

Jonathan Penner: I'm thankful for my friends and loved ones and my health. And I'm thankful to live in the greatest country in history during the greatest period of history. But mostly I'm thankful for my two beautiful kids and my disarmingly fantastic wife. As Robert Palmer said, "Simply irresistible!"

Lisa Whelchel: I am thankful for my »

- editorial@zap2it.com

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Interview: Artis Silvester talks 'Survivor: Philippines'

16 November 2012 10:30 PM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

"You're asking people to give you a million dollars and as human beings, nobody in their right mind wants to give an a***hole a million dollars, unless he's up there with other a**holes," says Artis Silvester, summarizing one of the basic truths of "Survivor."   Those are wise and fitting words for the 53-year-old, who became the most recent player voted out on "Survivor: Philippines."   Artis didn't get an especially complimentary edit on "Survivor," receiving very little screentime and spending much of that time mocking, maligning or fighting with returning player Mike Skupin.   However, Artis came away as practically »

- Daniel Fienberg

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Survivor: Philippines Ep. 25.9 “Little Miss Perfect”:

16 November 2012 2:26 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Survivor: Philippines Review, Season 25, Episode 9

“Little Miss Perfect”

Airs Wednesdays at 8pm (Et) on CBS

After two crazy episodes, Survivor pulls back this week and delivers a more slow-paced affair. The final outcome is surprising, but it lacks the dramatic chaos of past weeks. This episode is all about Lisa Whelchel and her moral dilemma about back-stabbing her tribe. She clearly has a stronger bond with Penner but worries about being disloyal. This is a common theme on this show, but it’s rarely been diagnosed to this degree. Penner gives several long monologues to Lisa that show his understanding for her character. The first is a pretty detailed (and slightly uncomfortable) psychoanalysis of the reasons why she’s struggling. He’s clearly on the hot seat, so it’s wise play by Penner to gain her trust. It’s also fascinating television that shows how much this experience brings down players’ barriers. »

- Dan Heaton

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InsideTV Podcast: What is this season's best returning TV show?

16 November 2012 9:00 AM, PST | EW - Inside TV | See recent EW.com - Inside TV news »

A lot has been made about which new shows have been sinking and swimming this season. We all waited with bated breath to see which show would be cancelled first (sorry, Made in Jersey), and which shows would become breakout hits (umm…still waiting). And then there are the new shows that alternately thrill and exasperate us depending on the week (we’re talking to you, Last Resort).

But what of the returning shows? Which ones have come back just as strong — or even stronger — than last season? James Hibberd, Jessica Shaw, and I tackle that very topic on the »

- Dalton Ross

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Stephen Fishbach Blogs: How Lisa Whelchel's Child Stardom Affects Her Survivor Game

16 November 2012 4:10 AM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Stephen Fishbach was the runner-up on Survivor: Tocantins and has been blogging about Survivor strategy for People.com since 2009. Follow him on Twitter @stephenfishbach. "I'm trying to choose my battles carefully. I'm trying to stay one step ahead of the competition." - Jonathan Penner, Survivor: Cook IslandsI hate to say it, but I was bored. After two explosive episodes of backstabs and blindsides, Wednesday's Survivor hit a wall. We spent 44 minutes watching Lisa Whelchel - who now has West Nile virus - wring her hands and moan about loyalty and trust. Hey CBS, Lifetime called. They want their original movie back! »

- Stephen Fishbach

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'Survivor' Artis: 'Abi Was Abusive'

15 November 2012 1:21 PM, PST | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

In another edge-of-your-seat episode of this roller coaster season of Survivor, a critical member of the Tandang tribe flipped, causing Louisiana native Artis Silvester to be sent packing. ETonline gets the scoop from the 53-year-old computer engineer on what he really thought of his alliance-mate Abi, his take on Lisa's big move, and how having survived cancer affected his approach to the game.

ETonline: So, were you surprised when your name was called last night?

Artis: No, not at all. Actually, it's the only thing, the smartest move that they could have made. And I knew that. I was disappointed that I wasn't able to keep a particular person in my corner. But as far as the votes, see the way that the votes came out, they came out exactly like I thought they did. Except for that [swing] vote. Once I saw that vote, I thought, "Oh, I couldn't do a good enough job to »

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'Survivor: Philippines' castoff Artis Silvester slams Skupin: 'Mike was just a waste of time'

15 November 2012 11:05 AM, PST | Zap2It - From Inside the Box | See recent Zap2It - From Inside the Box news »

Artis Silvester, the 10th person voted out of "Survivor: Philippines," is not a fan of Michael Skupin.

"Mike was just a waste of time," he told Zap2it today (Nov. 15) about the returning player, who was medically evacuated in Season 2 after faceplanting in a fire.

"The one thing he has going for him is everybody seems to love him," Artis offers. "Why, I have no idea. Let's just say from a personal standpoint he and I will never see eye to eye."

His Tandang tribemate didn't contribute much at camp, either, says Artis. "I don't know what world he came from where he said he was this athlete. As a returning player he was horrible. I would've switched him for anybody else in a heartbeat."

As for his other tribemates, Artis says Pete is "just a frat boy doing frat boy stuff."

"Abi, on the other hand ... Man. I sure »

- editorial@zap2it.com

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InsideTV Podcast: Artis from 'Survivor: Philippines' blasts Mike Skupin

15 November 2012 9:40 AM, PST | EW - Inside TV | See recent EW.com - Inside TV news »

He may have aligned with the wrong people in Abi and Pete, but Artis Silvester was all class in his final words after being voted off of Survivor: Philippines. However, as we found on on the InsideTV Podcast, that does not mean he doesn’t hold a grudge. And that grudge is aimed squarely at Michael Skupin. Artis is not upset about Skupin flipping at last night’s Tribal Council. He just doesn’t like the dude — at all. “He’s not a nice person,” Artis said when he called in to talk to Jessica Shaw and me about his experience on the island. »

- Dalton Ross

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"Survivor" Recap: The Return of Weeping Whelchel

15 November 2012 6:16 AM, PST | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

I suppose it's only natural that because last week's Survivor was utter chaos, this week would be devoted to sanity and reorientation. Lisa stopped spilling her schemes, Penner stopped philosophizing about his inevitable demise, immunity idols stayed safely tucked away, Denise and Malcolm remained confidently awesome, and Abi-Maria's obvious insanity stayed obviously insane, but not as loud. Good! Good. We needed all that.

And oh yeah, homophobic baseball emperor Jeff is still eliminated. Good riddance again, creep!

Let's retrace and figure out exactly what ruled about this episode -- including the bizarre but interesting conclusion, which is ultimately better for me (and probably you, too) in the long run.

Lisa comes to Jesus. Again.

Now, I said Lisa stopped spilling her various schemes like she did during tribal council last week, but that doesn't mean her emotional outpouring was complete. Unfortunately, we saw a return of the overwhelmed, second-guessing Lisa this week, »

- virtel

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