Survivor Cook Islands debuts tonight

Just over three weeks after CBS revealed its controversial twist, Survivor Cook Islands finally debuts tonight at 8 p.m. ET.

The good news about this is that now we can stop talking in hypotheticals and start praising or criticizing the show for what it actually is: a 13-week publicity tour for some wannabe actors.

Also, now Jeff Probst can stop embarrassing himself. Last week, he talked to reporters, and as Lisa de Moraes’ entertaining column explains, Probst said things like white people are “mutts” who “don’t have any ethnicity to hang on to,” while Asians “don’t necessarily get along. This is stuff maybe I should know.”

Survivor Cook Islands [CBS]

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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