Future seasons of Survivor will “have equal representation among races,” Probst hopes

Survivor Cook Islands ethnically diverse cast is something that will remain in future seasons, or at least that’s what Jeff Probst hopes. “We won’t be pitting one race against the other, but we will keep the show diverse and have equal representation among races,” he tells the LA Daily News, which qualifies his statement by saying this is “if he has his way.”

Being candid, Probst says they probably would not divide tribes by race again, but that doesn’t mean other stunt-like moves are out of the question. “You have to try to do things that are different. After 13 seasons, we’re running out of ideas,” he says.

As to this season’s controversy, Probst says, “I wasn’t entirely comfortable being a spokesman for racial diversity.” That’s kind of an understatement, since he pretty much embarrassed himself when talking about ethnicity to the media. But he does say that the (over-) reaction was “appropriate and understandable.”

Jeff Probst worries about racial turn on ‘Survivor’ celebrities [LA Daily News]

Frankie leads Big Brother's parade of delusion

Frankie on Big Brother

Heading into the finale, the delusion continues, with a re-appearance by evicted Frankie.

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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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