CBS previews Survivor Samoa and “the biggest Survivor villain ever”

Less than a month to go before the debut of Survivor Samoa on Sept. 17, CBS has started to air promos for the new season. Unlike the generic preview that aired at the end of last season and incorrectly connects Samoa to Treasure Island (Robert Louis Stevenson just lived and died there after he wrote the book), this shows the 20 contestants (not 18, as Probst said at the end of last season), part of a challenge, and promises “one of these castaways will become the biggest Survivor villain ever.”

The preview, below, aired during Big Brother last night. My favorite part: the zoom in on the island is to the wrong fucking island.

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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