tenth Survivor, Palau, debuts tonight.

tenth Survivor, Palau, debuts tonight.
In fewer than five years, we soon will have burned through 10 seasons of Survivor, which have starred 150 cast members. The 10th season, Survivor Palau, kicks off tonight at 8 p.m. ET on CBS. Twenty cast members, the biggest group in the show’s history, will find that “everything the Survivors have come to expect will be wiped out in the first 10 minutes,” according to CBS. The first episode’s twists have been revealed by host Jeff Probst and largely by the promos that have been running. As The Ottawa Citizen notes, producer Mark “Burnett’s message to the competitors is plain: This is my show, not yours. I alone decide which way the wind blows. And it doesn’t matter how closely you studied the other Survivors before signing on to do this one. Burnett believed complacency is anathema to good television.”
+ also: Jeff Probst’s first impression of each new cast member.
+ and: Survivor by the numbers.

The Quest ends its journey stronger than it began

Verlox from The Quest

A review of the finale of summer's best reality series, which wasn't always perfect but was thoroughly entertaining right down to the finish, which included phenomenal challenges and special effects. Will ABC give it a second season?

Plus: an interview with the actor who played Verlox and the ogre.


Shark Tank is getting a spin-off

Shark Tank

Companies that get deals on the show will be followed for this new spin-off.

Also: Before the show began, Shark Barbara Corcoran was cast and then replaced--but then she sent this amazing e-mail and won the job.

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