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In many ways, episode three of Survivor Worlds Apart, “Crazy is as Crazy Does,” was a repeat of episode two: one combined reward immunity challenge that arrived after about a half-hour of atrocious social game. What season of Survivor did casting make this group watch? Because holy shit. The major difference was that the vote wasn’t that much of a surprise, nor …

Read More about It’s deja bro as Survivors repeat the same mistakes

For an episode that had a lot of interpersonal conflict, a surprising blindside, and Jeff Probst yelling so loud he almost lost his voice (almost!), Survivor Worlds Apart was oddly sedate. That’s not criticism, just comment. It was quieter somehow, building story by focusing on characters instead of ramming story. There was no reward challenge. Instead, Survivor started with 23 …

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At the start of Celebrity Apprentice, Donald Trump interrupted his droning on to ask if there were questions, and Gilbert Gottfried asked why they were standing outside in the freezing cold. Such a terrific moment, and one that Donald Trump stomped on by suggesting the cold meant global warming doesn’t exist, because Donald Trump doesn’t understand the …

Read More about The mixed emotions of Celebrity Apprentice’s return

The Comeback returns tonight, and my attempt to break the rewatch over several weeks failed because when I did sit down to watch, I just kept watching. The problem with re-watching a phenomenal show that has just 13 half-hour episodes is that it’s easy to binge. While episodes one to four set up the season, and episode …

Read More about The second half of The Comeback: from Charla to a puking cupcake