Eden producer “enjoy[s] playing God.”

Eden producer “enjoy[s] playing God.”
Monday, about 4.3 million watched Forever Eden, about 10 million fewer people than watched shows on NBC and CBS, and “it has so far lost a million viewers each episode.” Perhaps one of the reasons for the $20 million show’s less-than-stellar ratings so far is that its producer thinks he’s the almighty. Executive producer Bruce Toms tells the Independent, “I enjoy playing God with the contestants. Manipulating their lives, being a puppet-master….” Another reason might be that he’s so obsessed with creating a story that they shoot retakes and manipulate things by changing rules: “We can’t be too Machiavellian but we certainly whisper suggestions in contestants’ ears and change the rules to get our story. And we always get our story.” Toms, who is obsessed with Lord of the Flies and has a copy with them on the set, says producers look forward to conflict but won’t be “letting them smash Piggy’s head against the wall.”

Survivor San Juan Del Sur's dark cloud is lifted

John Rocker

In its third episode, Survivor San Juan Del Sur improved significantly as John Rocker faced off against an Amazing Race villain. But the Exile Island reward challenge remains a drag on the series.


Why Dick Donato left Big Brother 13

Dick Donato

The Big Brother villain known as "Evel Dick" has finally revealed why he left the show during its 13th season: he learned he was HIV positive.

Also: Dick claims he had no choice but to leave the game.

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