The Survivor rule book: the games rules, part of the cast contract, details consolation prizes, how ties are broken, prohibited behavior, and more.
Archives for May 2010
CBS’ official Survivor contract that cast members and family members sign, including confidentiality agreements and more.
A reflection on the 10th anniversary of Survivor Borneo’s premiere.
Yes, it’s the first unofficial day of summer, and along with the heat, humidity, and hurricanes comes a heck of a lot of reality shows: more than 20 in the next week alone. The following is a frequently-updated list of officially announced debut dates for new and returning reality series. For shows that premiered before… continue reading
The Dragons music video is perhaps the best thing to come out of Survivor Heroes vs. Villains‘ pretty Ponderosa series, and while its technical look and feel was the work of web series producer Norwood Cheek, it actually has its roots in Brazil, during Ben “Coach” Wade’s experience during Survivor Tocantins‘ Ponderosa, and connects to… continue reading
Diff’rent Strokes star Gary Coleman, who appeared in an episode of The Surreal Life 2 in 2004, has died at 42. He was in a coma after suffering a brain hemorrhage after a fall Wednesday at his house. People has a full obituary. Gary guest starred in an episode on The WB reality series, when… continue reading
The 2009-2010 television season is over, and the final ratings show that reality shows both lead the pack and bring up the rear end. Among younger viewers, nine of the top 20 shows were reality TV, while among total viewers, just seven made it into the top 20. American Idol led, as usual, in both… continue reading
Lee DeWyze and Crystal Bowersox have both signed record deals less than a day after the conclusion of American Idol 9. Billboard reported that “DeWyze is signed to 19 Recordings Limited and RCA Records, while Bowersox is signed to 19 Recordings Limited and Jive Records. DeWyze joins Daughtry and Adam Lambert at RCA, while Bowersox… continue reading
Simon Cowell’s final episode of American Idol and the finale of season nine was the lowest-rated finale since the show’s first season, which aired in the summer and thus isn’t directly comparable. During the last seven minutes, pretty much the only seven minutes that had anything to do with the competition, 34.39 million people tuned… continue reading
Jackie Warner is about to return to Bravo as a star of a reality series, Thintervention, but it is not one about her life, because she says she was basically burned by the editing on her first series, Work Out. In an extended interview with After Ellen, Jackie said “I’m OK watching Work Out again”… continue reading
Two notable American Idol alumni absences during last night’s finale were easily explained, but that didn’t stop rumors and fake news stories. David Cook was the only winner to not serenade Simon Cowell, and that’s because he had a previously scheduled charity event in Kansas City, according to his rep, who spoke to Access Hollywood…. continue reading
During the American Idol 9 finale, Crystal Bowersox and Lee DeWyze performed a duet of “A Little Help From My Friends” along with Joe Cocker, and Lee got the line, “What would you do if I sang out of tune?” The answer from viewers who vote was clear: We’ll make you the winner. Yes, season… continue reading
In honor of the end of American Idol 9 (yes!), join me tonight for another sure-to-be-thrilling live blog at 8 p.m. ET. (If you’re on the west coast, a replay will be available immediately, so you can follow along in real time.) Sign up to get an e.mail reminder blow, and check out the reader… continue reading
Michael Ventrella won The Biggest Loser 9 and $250,000 last night after losing 264 pounds, or 50.19 percent of his body weight. He started at 526 pounds, making him the fattest contestant ever in a season that had the three biggest contestants ever. Although he lost more weight than anyone else in the show’s history,… continue reading
Two must-watch videos that came out of two recently concluded reality series: First, Videogum compiled the appearances of a phrase that is all too common on reality TV, but really made an impact on The Celebrity Apprentice 3. Here’s everyone throwing each other “under the bus”: Far more amazing, however, is this video which came… continue reading