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.

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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