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Why I’m thankful for this season of Survivor: a Thanksgiving reflection

It’s Thanksgiving, and Survivor started the holidays with an early gift of a new episode instead of the usual not-really-new recap episode. And while I’d normally appreciate the break, Survivor Philippines has been so strong that I’m glad that there was no interruption. And last night’s episode was yet another that’s firing on all torches, …

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Jeff Probst, back for Survivor 27 and 28, talks credibility, boredom, man crushes, over-reaching

Survivor host Jeff Probst will be back for seasons 27 and 28, which CBS hasn’t officially ordered but is pretty much a sure thing. In two recent interviews, he discusses criticism of his hosting by fans. First, although he hasn’t yet signed a contract, that’s “a formality” for hosting Survivor 27 and Survivor 28, he …

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Survivor Artis’ secrets: personal conflict with Skupin, mystery swing vote

Artis Silvester was voted off of Survivor Philippines on Wednesday’s episode, and while he says he was not blindsided nor surprised, he’s now, in his exit interviews, concealing the identity of a mystery swing voter, and also refusing to talk about a personal conflict he had with Michael Skupin. Why all the secrets? First, Artis …

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The new Normal: post-merge Survivor without the predictable proverbial poop

Another remarkable episode of Survivor Philippines, but this time it was internal rather than external chaos. That is, while last week’s episode concluded with a wild Tribal Council–even the people who were there had “don’t even know what the hell happened,” as Penner said–the real drama this week was between people, primarily Jonathan Penner and …

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Lisa Whelchel has West Nile virus

Lisa Whelchel, the former Facts of Life actor who’s on Survivor Philippines, announced today that she’s been diagnosed with West Nile virus. Lisa announced this via social media, writing, “Dr. just called with blood test results…I have West Nile. Ugh. I’m fine, just tired. Takes a year to recover.” She added that “Other than tired, …

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Survivor: Confusion Edition gives us a wild(ly entertaining) scramble, Tribal Council

What the hell was that? Survivor Philippines continues to surprise, this time with nearly 15 minutes of chaos perhaps unlike anything we’ve ever seen. Jeff Probst called it “the most entertaining tribal council ever,” and I’d add “confusing,” “confounding,” “bewildering.” When it was all over, Jeff Kent was taking the walk of shame after a …

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