It’s no secret that Survivor earns a lot of my attention. Besides its status as the show responsible for the waves of reality television that followed, the simple truth is that it continues to engage me on every level, from its exceptional production design to the game that’s played.
In one year, the CBS series went from celebrating its 30th season with a season that was a miserable low to bringing back beloved players for an outstanding season that proved how much Survivor still works.
Here’s what people read the most this year about Survivor on reality blurred.
Peih-Gee’s craftiness—she disguised a flint and fishing equipment as jewelry—didn’t quite work, but was an early “wow!” moment in a season that would more and more of those, on screen and off.
My interview with Survivor‘s first winner, Richard Hatch, included discussion of Jeff Probst’s claim that Hatch smuggled matches into All-Stars and Hatch’s recently repeated allegation that Kelly Wiglesworth cheated (backed up by Dirk) during season one. It was a fascinating interview.
There will be more Hatch in 2016: He’s been cast on The Biggest Loser.
Some of the ugliest and most reprehensible behavior on Survivor continued months after it actually happened, as Dan Foley blamed Shirin Oskooi for the abuse she suffered during the game. And as awful as what we saw was, there was even more we didn’t see.
Spencer Bledsoe’s ability to solve a complex puzzle in under 15 seconds wasn’t an accident: it was the result of preparation in the form of practice.
CBS announced 10 million votes had been cast for Survivor Second Chance, and then confirmed to me something even more surprising: that actually 10 million ballots had been cast.
Survivor Second Chance first boot Vytas may take some consolation in the fact that more people wanted to read about why he wasn’t there he was than what happened during the actual finale itself.
For the first time since season 25, Survivor was filmed in a brand-new location: Cambodia. It turned out to be quite beautiful and, in terms of the weather, quite brutal.
My report on cast members being contacted to return for a second chance referred to the season as season 32, even though, as we know now, for the first time in Survivor history, the show filmed and aired seasons out of order, making the returnee season 31.
Terry’s abrupt, middle-of-the-night exit from the game to be with his son was a mystery during the episode, prompting people to search for what happened to Danny.
Reflect back on more of Survivor from this year, from news to episode recaps for every episode of Survivor Worlds Apart and Survivor Cambodia: Browse every Survivor story on reality blurred.