A decade after Stephen Fishbach’s first Survivor season, Survivor Tocantins, concluded, the two-time player reflects on how that experience changed him.
Survivor One World debuts tonight on CBS, with tribes living together from day one for the first time ever. Between seasons, there’s been a version of the show playing out at Northwestern University, where students are learning about reality television and using Survivor as a template for the class, including organizing students in tribes which… continue reading
I visited Ben “Coach” Wade at his home and visited the set of Hoarders, reporting on both in a Playboy feature story.
Jeopardy! had a “reality of TV” category last night as part of the Teen Tournament, and its answers included Survivor and The Amazing Race. TAR 16 winner Jordan Pious tweeted, “My brother and I were a clue on Jeopardy tonight! This is crazy!” The clue, he wrote, was “In 2010 Siblings Dan & Jordan hit… continue reading
Survivor Tocantins started with a long trek through the oppressive heat, and the Dream Team did that, too. Aaron Massey, who was on the Dream Team in Gabon and became the Dream Team coordinator in Brazil, has posted a behind-the-scene video on YouTube that shows them rehearsing the hike, and also gives some insight into… continue reading
People has released its collection of America’s hottest bachelors, and surprise, they’re all celebrities, because we all know you’re not hot unless you’re famous. But although Chace Crawford is on the cover, likely because opening the magazine to see his own photograph would present a formidable challenge for him, the inside includes a handful of… continue reading
Benjamin “Coach” Wade talked extensively to the Missouri News-Leader, which first reported he was fired from his job as a soccer coach earlier this year. The interview is absolutely worth a read, covering everything from what he’s doing now (“I know I’m going to have two offers from community colleges in coaching. I want to… continue reading
Survivor Tocantins is over, and it’s been another strong season. From my first conversations with the cast to Ben Wade’s firing to Coach Wade’s elimination, never mind everything else that happened, it’s been a dramatic season. I’d place it in the top third of all seasons, but since the show has been exceptionally strong these… continue reading
To wrap up this season of Survivor Tocantins–which I think was a strong but not great season overall, in part due to the sort of inevitability of the game play the last few weeks–here are the final three’s final thoughts and impressions. Below, they talk about everything from betrayal (Taj and Stephen both still have… continue reading
JT Thomas’ victory over Stephen Fishbach on the Sunday conclusion to Survivor Tocantins was actually the series’ lowest-rated finale to date, although it beat most of its competition during the evening. As a CBS press release noted, the finale “placed first in its time period in viewers and key demographics, leading CBS to its 12th… continue reading
In a near-repeat of the Survivor Gabon finale, the nice guy won $1.1 million in the finale, winning both the jury’s vote and viewer votes for fan favorite. But unlike Bob Crowley, JT Thomas won unanimously, becoming only the second player in the show’s history to do that (Survivor Fiji‘s Earl Cole was the first)…. continue reading
This morning, I talked to Survivor Tocantins biggest character, Ben Wade, known on the show as Coach. He was by far the most entertaining and controversial player, and I was glad to finally be able to talk with him and challenge him on what we saw. He was friendly and even occasionally humble as he… continue reading
Say what you want about Survivor Tocantins‘ Benjamin “Coach” Wade: He made excellent television for 12 episodes. His final episode last night was no exception, and the series’ editors were once again brilliant with their edit of Coach, combining epic helicopter shots, nature footage, and images of him silhouetted against the sun with visual and… continue reading
Late last October, I talked to the Survivor Tocantins cast members in Brazil before the game started. I published highlights from those interviews and analysis of each contestant before the season began–but that was also before we really knew who they were or what they were going to do during the game. So let’s look… continue reading
Survivor Tocantins is one person away from having a deserving, non-offensive final four. The alliance eliminated middle school principal Debbie last night after she tried to flip on Coach, and also started making promises about giving up immunity. Basically, she tried to hard and freaked everyone out. As frustrating as it is to have Coachface… continue reading