All about Survivor contestants’ clothes and the rules for them: Who buys and pays for the clothes, why Survivors don’t wear swimsuits the whole season, and other details.
Survivor Worlds Apart
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.
At the very end of an incredibly dramatic and overly rushed Survivor Worlds Apart live finale and reunion, Jeff Probst told viewers, “Thank you for your loyalty, even when you don’t like everyone.” You’re welcome, Jeff Probst. And thank you for shepherding a production that remains truly exceptional. The evidence of the show’s quality was… continue reading
We have now reached a point in reality television where the original reality behemoth, Survivor, has reclaimed its title over the show that dominated all of television for years: American Idol. Yes, the 14th season finale of Idol, half of which aired opposite Survivor Worlds Apart, was easily beaten by the CBS series. Only 8.03… continue reading
Two dramatic challenges, one thrilling Tribal Council. That’s what Survivor Worlds Apart delivered last night, along with two solid challenges. And just wait until you see what happened when Dan got to Ponderosa. We had an unexpected episode of The Jeff Probst Show before the reward challenge, this time to focus on Rodney’s birthday boo-hoo… continue reading
You know a season of Survivor is in trouble when the most noteworthy, sustained thing is someone whining about not being given a reward because it’s their birthday. Yet that’s what filled up a significant part of Survivor Worlds Apart: Rodney’s bizarre entitlement and whining about “a bunch of scumbags who neglected me on my… continue reading
Survivor Worlds Apart was bookened by scenes that suggested what this season–or even episode–might have been. At the start, Shirin, still stung by Will’s abuse at Tribal, is consoled by Dan, who seems to have real empathy. At the end, Mike makes a terrific play to shake up the alliance and save Shirin. And then… continue reading
If you thought the victim-blaming after last week’s Survivor Worlds Apart couldn’t get any worse, here comes cast member Dan Foley, who blames Shirin Oskooi for the abuse she suffered during last week’s episode. In the Facebook group for the podcast Survivor Talk with D&D, a member of the group whose apostrophe key appears to… continue reading
The constant barrage of verbal abuse we’ve seen on Survivor Worlds Apart is just a fraction of what actually happened, according to Jenn Brown, who was voted out this week. Earlier this season, Jenn said, “This would suck less if the people sucked less.” The reality was that the people sucked more. In her CBS… continue reading
That was an exceptional, highly entertaining episode of Survivor Worlds Apart. That was also an awful, highly disturbing episode of Survivor. It ended with a survivor of domestic abuse being verbally berated at Tribal Council while everyone else just sat there, including the host and producer. It left me with the kind of gross feeling that… continue reading
Jeff Probst has revealed the Survivor Worlds Apart twist that he previously teased, and it is a power that will give its holder extraordinary, new power: two votes. Yes, whoever wins/buys the power at the auction on Wednesday’s episode will be able to vote twice. Probst told EW that the person can vote for two… continue reading
Survivor Worlds Apart lost 12 percent of its viewers 18 to 49 between this week and last, but the series still crushed American Idol–and basically all other shows on Wednesday night. In Wednesday ratings, Survivor‘s 2.2 and 9.35 million viewers easily beat Fox’s American Idol, which had a 1.4 rating and 7.63 million viewers. The CBS… continue reading
For a brief moment after the reward challenge on Survivor Worlds Apart, there was some genuine, joyous levity. Following a slapstick-filled obstacle course on the water that led to many painful-looking falls and penguin slides down wood ramps, Mike and the other reward challenge winners went off to make a Snickers commercial. The losing team… continue reading
Survivor Worlds Apart cast member Jenn apologized for several now-deleted tweets that used homophobic slurs and included racial jokes and comments. She called the posts, which were written between three and five years ago, “a stupid attempt to be funny,” “offensive,” and “insensitive.” Screenshots of the tweets include several in which she appears to call other… continue reading
“It’s just not fun. People suck.” That’s Survivor Worlds Apart cast member Jenn in the preview for next week’s episode, which suggested she might want to exit the game. Last week she was at the cause of a true blindside, playing an idol and disrupting the majority alliance’s plan. This week she was on the losing… continue reading
Merica. That is the name of Survivor Worlds Apart‘s merged tribe, which we will see in Survivor‘s iconic font on the screen for the next seven episodes. The merged tribe’s color is purple. It is such a terrible name it makes Nobag seem creative and inspired. And it is so far from the best merged tribe name ever, Dangrayne, that it feels… continue reading
Survivor Worlds Apart will air its finale May 20, keeping the two-hour finale and live one-hour reunion on Wednesdays. CBS announced the finale date today, but it’s not an April Fool’s Day joke. CBS also announced today that The Amazing Race 26 will conclude the previous Friday, May 15, with a one-hour episode. Last spring, CBS moved… continue reading
I love when plans go awry on Survivor. That may explain why, during Tribal Council, when Jeff Probst asked Sierra, “Why not stick together for a couple more votes?”, I wanted someone to scream back, Why not shut up right now k thx? In terms of thrown challenges backfiring, Joaquin’s exit is nothing at all like last season’s spectacular downfall. In fact, neither of those… continue reading
“Dare I say the best ep of the season?” That was Jeff Probst last week in EW, teasing this week’s Survivor Worlds Apart double feature. They were two strong episodes, the best so far this season, but if one or both of them represent the peak, I’m worried, because this wasn’t a very tall peak. Four strong challenges–two reward challenges!–anchored episodes that… continue reading
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… continue reading