"They Thought My Mind Was Focusing on the Relationship": An Interview with 'Survivor: All-Stars' Winner Amber , by David Bloomberg: Amber won a million dollars on Survivor: All-Stars, and she got engaged. Not a bad month’s work. In this interview with RealityNewsOnline, she talks about her strategy, how she worked with Rob, why she attributed at least part of her win to “luck,” and much more!
Was Jerri's Behavior Really So Bad? A Debate , by Phil Kural & David Bloomberg: Throughout the history of Survivor, Jerri Manthey has always been viewed as one of the most notoriously evil players. Although she tried to change her reputation on The Surreal Life and Survivor: All-Stars, she was still booed on the reunion show. Phil doesn’t think she deserved that treatment. David does. Read on for their debate!
Survivor: All-Stars Finale, Reunion, and Follow-Up Show: The good, the Bad, and the Questions , by Ken Kellam III: Now that the much-hyped All-Stars edition of Survivor is in the books, Ken has more comments and questions than ever. Read on as he offers his perspective on the Mother of All Survivor Games.
Survivor: America's Tribal Council - Why Rupert Won , by David Bloomberg: Each week, David analyzes why contestants lose, finally culminating at why one person wins. But this time, we have another winner, in a much different type of competition. The rule book is going out the window, but David still looks at why Rupert won the million dollar vote.
Surviving America's Tribal Council: One Big Winner, One Big Loser , by David Bloomberg: For the first time ever, America voted to give a Survivor player a million dollars. But before we find out who it is, we get updates on situations from the reunion, including a whole debate between Jeff Probst and Jerri Manthey. We also find out who was voted as hottest man and woman, best villain, best moment, and more!
Survivor: All-Stars - The Season's MVP , by Phil Kural: We have weekly Survivor MVPs, so why not have one for the whole season now that it's over? Phil is here one last time to figure out who wins the MVP for the entire season of this "All-Star" cast.
Strategic Overview of Survivor, the Finale: Strategic Mistakes, Strategic Geniuses , by Jeffrey D. Sadow: Naturally, this batch of Survivors couldn’t let even one episode go by without a questionable strategic move. Dr. Sadow has the details, as well as his list of best Survivor strategists of all time.
Surviving the All-Star Reunion: Emotions Run Hot, Jerri Runs Away , by David Bloomberg: It’s time for the live reunion after the Survivor: All-Stars finale, and this one is a doozy! Emotions run hot as people try to justify themselves while other contestants point out the flaws in their arguments. Plus, besides Rob and Amber, there are several other relationships to discuss. And why does Jerri run away? It’s all right here, with bonus info because David was actually in the audience!
Surviving the All-Stars, the Finale: Relationships Broken, Relationships Created , by David Bloomberg: It’s the two-hour finale, and David was in Madison Square Garden watching it live and brings you audience reaction as well as the show itself. We saw includes two people being voted out, an incredibly heated final Tribal Council, and the announcement of the winner. But wait, there’s more! There is another announcement before the votes are read, too. Read on to find out all about it!
RNO Roundtable: Who Should Win the Survivor Viewers' Choice Million?, by Reality News Online staff: Amber won Survivor: All-Stars, but now there is another million dollars to be given away - by the viewers. Who does the RealityNewsOnline staff think should get it? Six of our writers argue for the All-Stars they think should win. Read all about it and then go cast your vote!
Survivor: All-Stars - Why Amber Won , by David Bloomberg: Amber was not exactly thought of as “All-Star” material by many people when she was first announced as a contestant. But lo and behold, she won the whole shooting match! How did she do it? What did she do right and, along the way, what did she do wrong? Is she a strategic genius or a coattail-rider? Why did Amber win?
Survivor: All-Stars - Why Rob M. Lost , by David Bloomberg: Rob played Survivor: All-Stars as a game. He didn’t let previous relationships stand in the way. However, what about his new relationship? What did he do right to make it to the Top 2? What did he do wrong to prevent himself from getting the big prize? Why did Rob M. lose?
Survivor: All-Stars - Why Jenna L. Lost , by David Bloomberg: The first time Jenna L. played Survivor, she was Pagonged. The second time, she was a Pagonger. Still, that only took her as far as the Final 3. Why couldn’t she make it any farther? Why did Jenna lose?
Survivor: All-Stars - Why Rupert Lost , by David Bloomberg: Rupert made it to the Final 4, but as he had predicted several episodes ago, not past that point. He changed the way he played from his first time, but there are still a lot of similarities. What are they? Why did Rupert lose?
"STUPID STUPID STUPID": An Interview with Survivor's Shii Ann , by David Bloomberg: Before the Finale airs, RealityNewsOnline had a chance to ask Shii Ann some questions about her time on All-Stars. What was her overall strategy? What did she do that we didn’t get to see? And what does she think about those who followed Rob’s lead? (Hint: Look at the quote in the article’s title!)
An "Insider" Look at Survivor: All-Stars, Episode 14, by Justin Gabriel: How did Rupert really feel about Amber getting a car? What’s Jenna paranoid about? Can Big Tom really fit into a pair of Colby’s shorts? Read on for all this and more information from Survivor Insider.
Survivor: All-Stars - Why Tom Lost , by David Bloomberg: Tom was the swing vote, a perfect place for a player to be. He could have chosen which duo would stay and which would leave. It was oh so simple. Except that’s not what happened. Instead, the swing vote was voted out! What the heck happened? Why did Tom lose?
Survivor: All-Stars, Episode 14 MVP - Paranoia Smaranoia , by Phil Kural: To be an MVP, one must learn how to deal with paranoia - and there was a whole lot of that going on this episode. Phil is here once again to figure out who was able to keep cool and earn the MVP award for this week among a group of people whose nerves were at an all-time high.
Survivor: All-Stars - Who Will Go in the Finale?, by Betsy Wasser: The Finale of Survivor: All-Stars will feature two tribal councils, one jury vote, and one ultimate winner. Who will come in fourth, third, and second? Who will win the million dollars? Betsy has her theories, spoiler-free as always.
Survivor: All-Stars - Advice for the Final Four , by Jeffrey Clinard: Two power couples remain in the game, which means the vote at the final four tribal council is likely to be brutal. What do our All-Stars need to do to make it to the final three, then two, and then win the million dollars? Jeffrey Clinard has some advice.
Survivor: All-Stars - Five Left. Backstabbers Get Your Goat?, by Ken Kellam III: Well, now that the so-called "All-Star" edition of Survivor is down to the final four, who has the best chance of winning? And the worst? Read on to find the answer to these and other questions.
Strategic Overview of Survivor, Episode 14: [Insert "Bad Strategy" Cliché Here], by Jeffrey D. Sadow: SOS! Professor Sadow is rapidly running out of clichés to use on this group of strategic simpletons! With only four left, it’s time to dissect each remaining Survivor’s chances, and spell out scenarios that each needs to follow in order to win! Will any of them take his advice? Probably not…
Surviving the All-Stars, Episode 14: Paranoia Will Destroy Ya , by David Bloomberg: Everybody at camp is paranoid. But remember, just because you’re paranoid doesn’t mean they aren’t out to get you! Is Rupert out to get Rob? Is Tom? Is Rob out to get Tom and Rupert both? And who is Amber out to get? It’s a confusing mess of stabbing and backstabbing, but follow along as David leads us through it all.
An "Insider" Look at Survivor: All-Stars, Episode 13, by Justin Gabriel: What happened behind the scenes in Episode 13 of Survivor: All-Stars? How did the rest of the tribe react to Rupert's reluctance to share the fish he caught? How did Shii Ann try to stay in the game? And what advice did Boston Rob's brother give him? Justin Gabriel has the answers.
Survivor: All-Stars - Who Will Go in Episode 14?, by Betsy Wasser: Survivor: All-Stars is down to just five players. Will the two power couples vote out outsider Big Tom, or will one of the couples use Big Tom as a swing vote to break up the other pair? Who will go in episode 14? Betsy is here with her spoiler-free predictions.
Survivor: All-Stars, Episode 13 MVP - For Cryin' Out Loud, Listen to Her!, by Phil Kural: If this were an “Idiot of the Week” award, Phil would have had no problem picking a winner. However, since it’s about finding the MVP, he had to do a little more digging. Find out who won the prize this week. It may not be the obvious choice.
Survivor: All-Stars - Shii's Outta There!, by Ken Kellam III: First, Ken started to confuse Survivor: All-Stars with American Idol. But now, he's got Shii Ann confused with another entity that was forced to call it a season. Read on as he tries to makes sense of it all.
"I Knew Not to Trust Rob": An Interview with Survivor's Alicia , by David Bloomberg: Alicia made it six days longer on All-Stars than on her first stint, but was still the first of her alliance to go. What did she do differently this time? What did she think she could have done differently and why didn’t she do it? Alicia addresses all of this and more right here.
Survivor: All-Stars - Advice for the Remaining Five , by Jeffrey Clinard: Did Shii Ann’s stirring of the pot do anything to change strategy? Well, Jeffrey thinks it should, but the question is whether anybody will listen. What should each player do now that they are down to only five and there are no easy targets left? Follow his advice, of course.
Survivor: All-Stars - Why Shii Ann Lost , by David Bloomberg: It’s a week later than we originally expected, but we’re still at the same ending point for Shii Ann. She tried her best to get the others to see reason, but they were having none of it. Is that the only reason she was voted off, or is there something more to explain why Shii Ann lost?
Strategic Overview of Survivor, Episode 13: Scraping the Bottom of the Strategy Barrel , by Jeffrey D. Sadow: SOS! As is becoming a trend this season, someone made a big strategic mistake this week. That first mistake led to another possible mistake, which may end up costing both players the game. As always, Professor Sadow has all the details.
Surviving the All-Stars, Episode 13: One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, MY FISH!, by David Bloomberg: As relatives come for a visit, is paranoia running the camp? Can Shii Ann use it to her advantage to act as a swing vote and stick around another week? Or will the ex-Chaperans stick together despite any internal bickering and wishes that Jenna would just shut the hell up?
An 'Insider' Look at Survivor: All-Stars, Episode 12, by Justin Gabriel: How did Alicia feel about being voted out? And what did Shii Ann have to say about her big immunity win? Justin Gabriel has the inside scoop on this and more.
Survivor: All-Stars - Advice for the Remaining Six , by Jeffrey Clinard: Shii Ann’s immunity win has changed the politics of the game. Now that everything is different, how should the players react? Jeffrey Clinard has advice for the remaining six players.
Survivor: All-Stars - Who Will Go in Episode 13?, by Betsy Wasser: Shii Ann saved herself from certain doom by winning immunity last week. Will she be able to escape being voted out again? Betsy is here - with no spoilers - to predict the results of the next tribal council.
Survivor: All-Stars - Shii Bangs!, by Ken Kellam III: Usually, Ken uses his column to ask questions regarding each episode of Survivor. But this time, we have a question for him: What show is he watching anyway? Read on to discover the reason for our confusion.
Survivor: All-Stars - Why Alicia Lost , by David Bloomberg: It was a bit of shock to see somebody other than Shii Ann leaving, but once David got over that, it was obvious that it had to be Alicia. Why was it so obvious? What led her tribemates to make that decision? Why did Alicia lose?
Survivor: All-Stars, Episode 12 MVP: Gloat! You Deserve To!, by Phil Kural: Phil is back again to name this week’s Most Valuable Player. Really, when you look at the episode, there is only one person who can truly lay claim to that award. And she should gloat about it, too!
Strategic Overview of Survivor, Episode 12: Insanity Island , by Jeffrey D. Sadow: After this episode of Survivor, Professor Sadow is ready to change the title from Survivor: All-Stars to Survivor: Bedlam. The way the players are acting is just crazy.
Surviving the All-Stars, Episode 12: Irony, Thy Name Is 'Survivor', by David Bloomberg and Betsy Wasser: It’s obvious that Shii Ann will be heading home tonight. Why bother even watching? Apparently, that’s what David’s local CBS station thought, because they showed a lot of dead air. Luckily, Betsy stepped in to recap the beginning of the show and eventually David got the rest. So, did the obvious come true once again tonight? And what’s going on with all the irony tonight? Read on to find out from both of them!
Survivor: All-Stars - Advice for the Remaining Seven , by Jeffrey Clinard: The game of Survivor: All-Stars is nearing a turning point. The ex-Chapera players are on the verge of eliminating the last of the enemy tribe, but players should be looking ahead. Now is the time for alliances to be strengthened or changed. And is there anything Shii Ann can do to save herself? Jeffrey Clinard is here with advice for the remaining seven.
Survivor: All-Stars - Who Will Go in Episode 12?, by Betsy Wasser: Shii Ann is the last of her tribe. Can she survive a Pagonging, or will she be the next All-Star to go home? Read on for Betsy’s spoiler-free prediction.
An "Insider" Look at Survivor: All-Stars, Episode 11, by Justin Gabriel: In this week’s edition of Survivor Insider, we get more detail about Shii Ann and Big Tom’s reactions to their video snippets, more about the Obstacle Course challenge, and Kathy speaks. A lot.
Survivor: All-Stars, Episode 11 MVP - The Fun House Mirror , by Jeffrey Clinard: Events in Survivor: All-Stars have started to look like the reflection in a fun house mirror - everything is topsy turvy. But one player is effectively using this backwards play to their advantage. Who is it, and why do they deserve to be the MVP this week?
Survivor: All-Stars – Your Next Challenge: Stay Interested, by Ken Kellam III: After many twists and turns, has the game has finally settled into a predictable rut? And what could've been done to make the last episode more interesting? Join Ken as he looks for answers to these and other questions.
Survivor: All-Stars – Why Kathy Lost, by David Bloomberg: Early on, Kathy seemed to be doing pretty well. She had an alliance within her own tribe and meshed well with the opposing tribe. But then it all fell apart. Was her loss simply an extension of the vote against Lex, or was there something more? Why did Kathy lose?
Strategic Overview of Survivor: Wake Up and Smell the Chocolate!, by Jeffrey D. Sadow: SOS! Professor Sadow continues to chide the so-called “All-Stars” for their poor strategic play. This week, he reveals the key to unseating the Marianos and chimes in on the latest Survivor debate: Is Rob the new Brian?
Surviving the All-Stars, Episode 11: Friends and Family – and the Game, by David Bloomberg: Friends and family are the focus of this episode of Survivor: All-Stars. Besides being the usual “contact from home” episode, the players also had to deal with the effects their outside friendships did or didn’t play inside the game of Survivor. How did Kathy handle it after Lex was voted out last week? Read on for details!
Reality TV Hall of Shame Moment: Lex Van Den Berghe Cuts His Own Throat, by David Bloomberg: Some Hall of Shame entries seem like no-brainers. Then again, some game play decisions seem like no-brainers. For example, deciding whether to trust Rob Mariano should have been a no-brainer. But if players always used their brains for the no-brainers, the Hall of Shame would have significantly less to talk about. Let’s take a look at how Lex Van Den Berghe cut his own throat.
Survivor: All-Stars – Who Will Go in Episode 11?, by Betsy Wasser: Now that Lex is gone, will the Pagonging of the ex-Mogo Mogo tribe continue? Or can Kathy convince some of the ex-Chaperas to jump ship? Who will be voted out in episode 11? Fear not – this article contains no spoilers.
Survivor: All-Stars – Advice for the Remaining Eight , by Jeffrey Clinard: Now that the tribes have finally merged, with arguments breaking out all over the place, there are some players who could really use advice. And Jeffrey is here, as usual, to give it to them.
Rob Mariano – The New Brian Heidik?, by David Bloomberg: Brian Heidik won Survivor: Thailand by a strategy involving secret sub-alliances with individuals who were all convinced they would be going to the end with him. David thought such a feat would never be reproduced, but in watching All-Stars, it seems that Rob Mariano has set himself up to do just that. David discusses exactly how it could work.
An “Insider” Look at Survivor: All-Stars, Episode 10, by Justin Gabriel: If you thought the conversation between Boston Rob and Lex and Kathy in Episode 10 of Survivor: All-Stars was tense, just wait until you read about what wasn't shown. Plus, Lex reflects on why he lost, Big Tom discusses Boston Rob's heartache at being away from Amber, and Amber shares her thoughts on the merge.
Survivor: Former Players – Does Anybody Left Deserve to Be Called an “All-Star”?, by Ken Kellam III: As Lex fatefully admitted before tribal council, he made a potentially game-ending blunder. But is anyone playing much better, including Rob? Join Ken as he explores the answers to these and other questions.
Survivor: All-Stars, Episode 10 MVP – I’m Reaching, Here!, by Phil Kural: After what Phil saw this week on Survivor, he had a bit of a dilemma picking an MVP for the episode. However, there were several people that did make some good moves, but then countered them by doing something equally stupid. Who walked away with the MVP? Find out right here!
Survivor: All-Stars – Why Lex Lost, by David Bloomberg: It may seem all too obvious why Lex lost, but was it simply because of one bad decision? Or has Lex’s game play been leading up to this point for a while now? Read on to further examine why Lex lost.
Strategic Overview of Survivor: Strategic Suicide, by Jeffrey D. Sadow: SOS! Lex pulled the knife across his own throat with strategic suicide. Now what should the others do to avoid the same fate? Well, here’s a hint: Making deals with Rob probably isn’t the way to go. Want more? Read on!
Surviving the All-Stars, Episode 10: Live By the Sword…, by David Bloomberg: Lex saved Rob’s girlfriend last week – so that means Rob will save Lex this week, right? Well, Lex certainly thinks so. The question is whether Rob agrees. Of course, that question is answered right here.
Survivor: All-Stars – Advice for the Remaining Nine, by Jeffrey Clinard: The group of All-Stars has been cut to nine, and the tribes are about to merge. With so many deals in place, no one is safe. How can each player stay in the game? The first step might just be to follow Jeffrey Clinard's advice for the remaining nine.
Survivor: All-Stars – Who Will Go in Episode 10?, by Betsy Wasser: The tribes merge this week, and immunity becomes individual. Several players have targets on their backs, but only one of them will be headed home. Who will it be? Read on for Betsy’s opinion – no spoilers.
An “Insider” Look at Survivor: All-Stars, Episode 9, by Justin Gabriel: In this week's edition of Survivor Insider, we learn about the worst night of Jerri's life, what Rupert thinks of the tribal switch, and what the new Chapera tribe was thinking when they voted out Jerri instead of Amber.
Survivor: All-Stars, Episode 9 MVPs – Just Stay with Me, Here!, by Phil Kural: With a tribal switch occurring, and everyone pretty much staying with their original tribes, except for the whole name change, it’s a bit tough to understand who Phil is picking as the MVP for which tribe. However, he broke it down into an easy read, so find out who claims the prize this week!
Survivor: All-Stars, Episode 9 – Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Rob?, by Ken Kellam III: Well, now that Rob has made Lex an offer he probably should've refused, how does it bode for the rest of the game? Join Ken as he explores the answers to these and other questions.
Survivor: All-Stars – Why Jerri Lost, by David Bloomberg: Who ever thought that David would consider it a bad idea to vote out Jerri? But when it comes to this game, strategy should take precedence over personality. In this case, it seems Jerri may have failed in both regards, but did the rest of her tribe fail her? Why did Jerri lose?
Strategic Overview of Survivor, Episode 9: Madness! Madness!, by Jeffrey D. Sadow: SOS! Lex and Kathy took a strategic risk by saving Amber in hopes that Boston Rob would do them a favor after the merge. Was this a good plan? Professor Sadow has very strong opinions on the subject.
Surviving the All-Stars, Episode 9: When ‘Godfather’ Meets ‘A Love Story’, by David Bloomberg: Is Rob Mariano the Godfather? Or is he just a fool in love? More to the point, how does he manage to fool everybody else into doing what he wants – and can anybody put a stop to it? Only one way to find out – read on.
Survivor: All-Stars – Who Will Go in Episode 9?, by Betsy Wasser: It’s finally time for another new episode of Survivor: All-Stars which means that it’s time for another of our castaways to get their torch snuffed. Who will the next one to make the walk of shame away from tribal council? Betsy has her predictions, as always, based on logic and no spoilers.
Survivor: All-Stars – Classic Challenges Get Juiced Up, by Jeff Patterson: The contestants on Survivor: All-Stars aren’t the only thing we’ve seen before. All of the reward and immunity challenges have their origins in past seasons of the show, only “juiced up.” Where did these challenges come from? Join writer Jeff Patterson as he recalls the original challenges and analyzes how they’ve been changed for All-Stars.
Survivor: All-Stars – Fake Tribal Council, Real Laughs, and Other Issues, by Ken Kellam III: Even though Wednesday night's episode featured a lot of re-hashing of the season up to this point, Ken found enough nuggets in the never-seen footage to offer up a few comments, and of course, questions.
Surviving the All-Stars, Recap Episode: Council, Coffee, and Chafing, by David Bloomberg: Alas, it’s time for a special mid-season recap episode of Survivor. We get highlights of old plus a few segments of new footage thrown in for good measure. Why is Colby chafing? Why is Chapera at Tribal Council so early? And what happens when you mix strong coffee with weary Survivors? All that and more, right here!
An “Insider” Look at Survivor: All-Stars, Episode 8, by Justin Gabriel: In this week’s edition of Survivor Insider, we get to say goodbye to Ethan as he reveals his feelings about the big target on his back. Big Tom wonders if Rupert is part fish. And we get a hint of tribal politics at Chapera that may just show that the happy tribe isn’t quite so unified.
Survivor: All-Stars – Advice for the Remaining Ten, by Jeffrey Clinard: The remaining ten players on Survivor: All-Stars are in a state of flux now. They’ve been anticipating a merge for weeks, but it still hasn’t happened, and they cannot assume that one will happen next episode. Jeffrey Clinard has the advice they need to take them through these uncertain days ahead.
Survivor: All- Stars, Episode 8 – Moved Up for Hoops, and Ethan Duped, by Ken Kellam III: This past week’s episode of Survivor: All-Stars aired a day early thanks to the onslaught known as March Madness, and Ken finds himself alternating between thoughts of Duke playing roundball and Lex playing hardball. Join him as he offers his usual observations and questions.
“I Just Love the Game of Survivor”: An Interview with Richard Hatch, by David Bloomberg: Rich Hatch came into Survivor: All-Stars with the biggest target on his back of anybody. In RealityNewsOnline’s interview with him, he talks about his strategy, how to win Survivor, and what he has to say to those who don’t think he’s the best player ever.
Survivor: All- Stars, Episode 8 MVPs – The One You Least Expect, by Phil Kural: It should come as no surprise that Phil chose Boston Rob as the MVP for the Chapera tribe this week. After all, Rob won the immunity challenge, showed impressive balance in the reward challenge, and even proved that he can fish just as well as Rupert. But Phil’s pick for MVP of Mogo Mogo may just surprise you. Read on to find out who gets the honors.
Survivor: All-Stars – Why Ethan Lost, by David Bloomberg: The last previous winner was voted off this week. He stuck around for longer than we might have guessed, given the target on his back, but was that the only reason he was sent packing? Was there any way he could have overcome it? Why did Ethan lose?
Strategic Overview of Survivor: When Good Players Turn Bad, by Jeffrey D. Sadow: SOS! If these are Survivor’s all-stars, then why are they making such poor strategic moves? Lex and Kathy are squandering strategic advantages, while Boston Rob is jeopardizing his position in the tribe with his macho posturing with Rupert and his increasingly open relationship with Amber. What happens when good players turn bad?
Surviving the All-Stars, Episode 8: One Is the Loneliest Number, by David Bloomberg: There is a lot of individuality in this episode. For the reward challenge, the prizes depend on one person from each tribe, and it involves one-on-one face-offs. For immunity, the whole shebang rests on one pair of shoulders each. And, of course, Ethan is the one remaining former winner, who just happens to be the one person on Mogo Mogo who didn't know Colby was going. Who steps up? Who cracks under the pressure? And who will be sent home?
Survivor: All-Stars – Advice for the Remaining 11, by Jeffrey Clinard: The game reached a turning point on Survivor: All-Stars last week. Lex made a move to surprise Colby at tribal council, while Chapera began to court Kathy into a post-merge alliance. With these power shifts and the looming possibility of a merge, players could use some advice to stay in the game.
An “Insider” Look at Survivor: All-Stars, Episode 7, by Justin Gabriel: This week's Survivor Insider highlights the differences between Mogo Mogo and Chapera. While Lex concentrates on his power play, Chapera simply has a great time on their reward boat trip. Plus, Colby muses on being voted out and how playing Survivor is different the second time around.
Survivor: All-Stars – Who Will Go in Episode 8?, by Betsy Wasser: The castaways on Survivor: All-Stars believe that a merge is coming soon, but they don’t know when it will happen. If it doesn’t happen this week, will the losing tribe take a looming merge into account at tribal council? And if the tribes do merge this week, who has the biggest target on his back, and who has the ammunition to hit it? Who will go this week? No spoilers – just logic.
Survivor: All-Stars – Why Lex Should Have Kept Colby, by Alex Leader-Smith: While most of the post-Episode 7 articles here on RealityNewsOnline have been in favor of Lex’s move, including Professor Sadow’s “Strategic Overview of Survivor,” Alex disagrees. Here he explains why he thinks Lex made the wrong move.
Survivor: All- Stars, Episode 7 MVPs – Double Header, by Phil Kural: One tribe was given a chance to relax this week, while another was forced to scheme and plot until their heads hurt. One tribe member comes out as the MVP, while over at the other – is one even there? Read on to find out who comes out as the MVP for each tribe this week.
Survivor: All- Stars, Episode 7 – Riding Off Into the Sunset Too Soon?, by Ken Kellam III: How does Ken feel now that the only player left from his home state has been sent to Waltz Across Texas by his lonesome? Join him as he takes a look at these, and other questions.
Survivor: All-Stars – Why Colby Lost, by David Bloomberg: Colby came in as the king of the individual challenges. But then he started acting like the King of Mogo Mogo. However, King Colby was overthrown – long live King Lex. What happened to cause the shift in power? Why did Colby lose?
Strategic Overview of Survivor: Flip-Flopping, by Jeffrey D. Sadow: SOS! Last week, Professor Sadow said that Lex’s best move was to team with Colby and Ethan, but this week, he says that Lex made the right decision by voting Colby out. What changes made this a smart decision? Plus, Kathy’s day with Chapera created strategic opportunities both for the exiled Mogo Mogo and for the tribe that took her. Who came out on top?
Surviving the All-Stars, Episode 7: Revenge Is a Dish Best Served at Tribal Council, by David Bloomberg: With the drama of last week over, we can get back to good old-fashioned backstabbing and scheming. It’s a super-challenge this week which provides several twists. And when it comes time for Tribal Council, one person is happy to serve up revenge to an old nemesis.
Reality TV Hall of Fame: Strategy and Personality as a Winning Combination: Tina Wesson, by David Bloomberg: Tina Wesson, winner of Survivor: The Australian Outback, approached the game in a much different way from first winner Richard Hatch – yet somewhat the same. Both used behind-the-scenes strategy. Both cut people when it was necessary and didn’t let personal feelings get in the way. But while Rich was “the villain,” Tina was “the mom.” Her use of strategy and ability to convince people to do what was in her best interest has now gotten her into the Reality TV Hall of Fame. Read on for all the details!
Survivor: All- Stars, Episode 6 MVPs – Alliances a Plenty, by Phil Kural: Being an MVP doesn’t just rely on a player being physically superior, but it greatly depends on the social aspects of a player as well. Our MVPs showed us this week that alliance building is great way to earn the title, as they did just that.
Survivor: All-Stars – Advice for the Remaining 12, by Jeffrey Clinard: We have two tribes with six members each. Now is the time for them to start planning for the merge, even though it might not happen for a couple episodes. They need to maneuver themselves to stick around before the merge and also be ready to grab an advantage when everybody comes together. Jeffrey has advice on doing just that.
Survivor Walkers: The Four Musketeers, by Brian Sackett: Through eight seasons of Survivor, we have seen seven winners (so far) 101 losers (so far), and four players who checked themselves out of the game. Although all four instances are separate and unique, here we will look closer at them, find out what exactly happened, how it has impacted their particular game, and how it has impacted the game of Survivor in general.
Survivor: All- Stars, Episode 6 – “Will Sue sue and get rich over Rich?” & Other Questions, by Ken Kellam III: As you can imagine, Ken has a fishbucketload of questions to ask about episode six of Survivor: All-Stars. But despite what you might think, not all of them have to do with Sue and Rich. Join Ken as he ends his usual number of sentences with a question mark.
An “Insider” Look at Survivor: All-Stars, Episode 6, by Justin Gabriel: This week's Survivor Insider focuses a great deal on food. Whether Rupert is talking about catching fish, Jerri is clashing with Colby on the shish kabobs, or Boston Rob is sucking on a rope looking for flavor, one thing is for sure – our Survivors have food on their minds. The inside information on this and more is here in Justin Gabriel's analysis of Survivor Insider.
Survivor: All-Stars – Who Will Go in Episode 7?, by Betsy Wasser: There are two tribal leaders calling the shots this week – Boston Rob and Lex. Both of them have the respect of their tribes, and both of them have more than one alliance to choose from. If their tribes go to tribal council, what will these two leaders decide? Who will go in Episode 7? Fear not – these predictions are based only on what’s been revealed on the show, not on spoilers.
Baby Story Survivor: Vecepia’s Next Challenge, by Betsy Wasser: When Vecepia Towery won Survivor: Marquesas, she knew that she had experienced the adventure of a lifetime. Now, several years later, she and her husband Leander are ready to embark on their next adventure: parenthood. Join Vecepia, Leander, and a few surprise friends on this special edition of TLC’s A Baby Story.
Survivor: All-Stars – Why Sue Lost, by David Bloomberg: Susan has always come across as a tough-as-nails competitor, but she also has her emotional side, which came out even in the first series. As the second player this season to leave voluntarily, we have a special look at what happened to cause her to pack it all in. Where does the evidence – both on the show and using further information available this morning – point us? Why did Sue lose?
Strategic Overview of Survivor: Gaining Power, by Jeffrey D. Sadow: SOS! Although there was no tribal council on this week’s episode of Survivor: All-Stars, we did learn a lot about tribal politics. Two castaways have emerged as power players in their respective tribes. What should Lex and Rob do to maintain that power and stay in the game?
Surviving the All-Stars, Episode 6: Stunned, by David Bloomberg: There are two sides to every story – sometimes more. In this episode, we see that just as different people watching the show thought different things about the Rich/Sue incident, so did the people who were actually there. In fact, even Sue herself seemed to have different thoughts as time went on. How does everybody react when she explodes at a challenge? And what else happens during this episode that left many people – including Jeff Probst – stunned? Read on to find out.
Survivor: All-Stars – Advice for the Remaining 13, by Jeffrey Clinard: The merge changed the tribal politics on Survivor: All-Stars, but one thing has not changed: the most powerful players are being hunted. How can our All-Stars make sure they are the hunters and not the prey? Jeffrey Clinard has some advice for the remaining 13 players.
Survivor: All-Stars – Who Will Go in Episode 6?, by Betsy Wasser: Last week on Survivor: All-Stars, the dynamics of the game changed when the Saboga tribe dissolved and its members were integrated into the other two tribes. Now that Chapera and Mogo Mogo have new members, who is safe and who is at risk? Who will be sent home next? Betsy Wasser is here with her predictions – not based on spoilers, just on logic.
RNO Roundtable: The Richard/Sue Incident on ‘Survivor: All-Stars’, by RealityNewsOnline Staff: In the immunity challenge of last week’s episode of Survivor: All-Stars, Richard Hatch took off his clothes (nothing new there) and brushed his naked body up against Sue Hawk. Reactions to the incident among the RealityNewsOnline staff – and the public – varied widely. Some thought it was no big deal, but others thought Richard’s behavior was totally inappropriate. In this roundtable discussion, the staff share their feelings on what happened.
An “Insider” Look at Survivor: All-Stars, Episode 5, by Justin Gabriel: As Richard Hatch leaves the game, you know that Survivor Insider must have some good additional footage on both what the voters had to say in sending him home and on what he had to say upon being sent. Justin brings us all the Insider information!
Survivor: All- Stars, Episode 5 MVPs – Cuttin’ Out the Cancer, by Phil Kural: It’s MVP time again. This week, physical prowess comes into play for one MVP, but the other is picked more on their strategy. Since the Saboga tribe is no more, let’s take a look and see which two Survivors claimed the title of MVP for episode five.
Survivor: All- Stars, Episode 5 – Hung Out to Dry, or Last Things First…, by Ken Kellam III: Caution: This column may contain copy that may be inappropriate for readers without a sense of humor. For mature audiences — ah, who're we kidding here? Join Ken as he comes up with a whole new set of observations and questions, and throws discretion and tact out the window, or tries to anyway.
Survivor: All-Stars – Why Rich Lost, by David Bloomberg: Richard Hatch, the first ever winner of Survivor, was the fifth person to leave the All-Stars version. Was it because he ran around naked? Because he was a festering cancer, as Colby described him? Because of the target that has been on his back from the moment he said he would be playing? Why did Rich lose?
Strategic Overview of Survivor: The Twilight Zone, by Jeffrey D. Sadow: SOS! Did Colby just make a mistake similar to the one that got him second place instead of first in Australia? Did he just take a knife, hand it to his cohorts, and all slit their own throats? What’s that music we hear in the background? Is it time to enter… The Twilight Zone?
Surviving the All-Stars, Episode 5: Gut Check, by David Bloomberg: It’s time for the first big twist of All-Stars, and the commercials have already told us that one tribe is being dissolved. Which tribe is gone, and where do they go? Plus, whose gut is telling him to abandon a previous plan? Despite what you might think, it’s not Lex!
Reality TV Hall of Fame: The Model for Future Survivors: Richard Hatch, by David Bloomberg: Richard Hatch came onto our screens on the first Survivor as an arrogant and not particularly likeable guy. But he came in with a strategy that took him all the way to the game’s first million dollar prize and served as a model for future contestants. The Reality TV Hall of Fame is happy to make Richard Hatch the first inductee.
“I Was Viewed as Too Big of a Threat”: An Interview with Survivor’s Rob Cesternino, by David Bloomberg: Rob Cesternino, labeled as the best player never to win Survivor, was targeted as if he had indeed won. In this interview with RealityNewsOnline, he discusses what went on behind the scenes, his strategy for this version of the game, what he thinks of each of his tribemates, and much more!
Survivor: All- Stars – Advice for the Remaining 14, by Jeffrey Clinard: It’s hunting season, and power players are the prey. What can big game like Richard, Ethan, and Lex do to stay in the game? What should hunters like Rob M. do to take them out? Jeffrey Clinard has advice for them and for the rest of the remaining 14 players.
An “Insider” Look at Survivor: All-Stars, Episode 4, by Justin Gabriel: Rob Cesternino’s ouster from Survivor: All-Stars last week was a total surprise many, especially to Rob himself. This week’s Insider content provides some insight into what was going on at the Chapera tribe to explain why Rob C. went home. Plus, what do the castaways do when they’re not competing in challenges or looking for food? Justin Gabriel is here to analyze this and other Survivor Insider content.
Survivor: All- Stars – Who Will Go in Episode 5?, by Betsy Wasser: It seems that players are targeting those who have played the game well in the past. What does this mean for the next tribal council? And can players who played well in the past overcome this obstacle? Betsy makes her predictions, which are, as always, based on what we’ve seen on the show and in the previews – no spoilers here!
Survivor: All- Stars, Episode 4 – We Wuz ROBbed… Or Was We? & Other Questions and Observations, by Ken Kellam III: As we all know, Rob C. was the first one voted out of his tribe on Thursday night's episode of Survivor: All-Stars. But was he the biggest loser of the night? Join Ken as he asks this and other questions, some of which might even have answers.
Survivor: All- Stars, Episode 4 MVPs – It’s Practically Ladies Night!, by Phil Kural: Phil sometimes makes controversial choices for MVPs, and this week is no exception. It’s almost ladies night as we look at who did the work this week that got them this highly coveted award.
Survivor: All-Stars – Why Rob C. Lost, by David Bloomberg: Many people were looking forward to watching Rob Cesternino play in Survivor: All-Stars. Unfortunately, his own tribemates were not among those who wanted to see him work his strategy. So at Chapera’s first trip to Tribal Council, they sent him home. Did he make a mistake? Was there more he could have done? Why did Rob C. lose?
Strategic Overview of Survivor: Off With Their Heads!, by Jeffrey D. Sadow: SOS! The rabble is taking over the kingdom and royalty seems to be missing the fact that the little people want to do more than just eat cake. Rob Cesternino was the latest victim, but unless something changes, he won’t be the last member of Survivor royalty to fall to the Tribal Council guillotine.
Surviving the All-Stars, Episode 4: A Dark and Stormy Night, by David Bloomberg: It’s a dark and stormy night on Survivor. And we’re not just talking about the horrible cloudburst that terrorizes the contestants early in the episode. The foreshadowing gods are angry, and so are some of the players. Can a handshake deal survive in such a situation? Read on to find out.
Survivor: All- Stars – Advice for the Remaining 15, by Jeffrey Clinard: Mogo Mogo has lost their first tribe member, thanks to Jenna’s decision to leave the island. What does this mean for the remaining members of her tribe? And after seeing the way the castaways interacted during the reward challenge, where do the players stand politically? Jeffrey Clinard is here with advice for the remaining fifteen players.
An “Insider” Look at Survivor: All-Stars, Episode 3, by Justin Gabriel: Players on Survivor are filmed constantly, but not all of that footage makes it onto our TV’s on Thursday nights. Some of that footage makes it onto CBS.com’s Survivor Insider. What do those scenes tell us about the dynamics on the island? Justin Gabriel is here to analyze the Insider content.
“I Had to Make a Huge Decision”: An Interview with Survivor’s Jenna Morasca, by David Bloomberg: Jenna Morasca won her season of Survivor, but then chose to leave in the middle of All-Stars to be with her mother. In this interview with RealityNewsOnline, she answers the frequently asked question of why she went to begin with, talks about her strategy in the game, and much more!
Survivor: All- Stars – Who Will Go in Episode 4?, by Betsy Wasser: Although there was no immunity challenge or tribal council in episode two of Survivor: All-Stars, we still saw some shifting tribal politics. How will Jenna M.’s decision to leave affect Mogo Mogo? Will Rupert’s tribe resent him for building such an impractical shelter? Will Rob and Amber’s romance be their downfall? Using no spoilers, Betsy analyzes all of these questions to answer the big question: who will go in Episode 4?
Survivor: All- Stars, Episode 3 – A Model Decision?, by Ken Kellam III: Is Jenna a quitter, along the lines of Osten, or does she deserve our heartfelt sympathy? Should she have even gone in the first place? Read along as Ken writes her a letter that explores these and other questions.
Strategic Overview of Survivor: Squeezing Blood from a Stone, by Jeffrey D. Sadow: SOS! Because of the main topic of Survivor’s Episode 3, we didn’t see much in the way of strategy. However, we do get some additional information, and Professor Sadow squeezes out his latest strategic overview.
Survivor: All-Stars – Why Jenna M. Lost, by David Bloomberg: It may seem a bit strange to have a column on why Jenna M. lost, but there is already plenty of discussion about her entire situation. So David takes a look at what we know, what we can surmise, and what led Jenna to her decision. David has not exactly been a Jenna fan, so you might be surprised by what he has to say.
Surviving the All-Stars, Episode 3: Family Foreshadowing, by David Bloomberg: One tribe tells us that they are working together really well and are like a family. But on another tribe, one person is worried about their real family. By the end of the episode, how will the foreshadowing in both cases turn out? You’ll have to read on to find out.
“ The Tribe Did the Right Thing”: An Interview with Survivor’s Rudy, by David Bloomberg: Rudy Boesch is a man of few words, but he did answer some questions for RealityNewsOnline. Among other things, you can read on to find out what he now thinks about being voted out – he’s called off his friends, for one thing!
Survivor: All- Stars – Advice for the Remaining 16, by Jeffrey Clinard: Although all sixteen of the remaining Survivors have played the game before, not all of them are playing smart. Who needs to keep quiet? Who needs to court allies? What advice should these All-Stars follow if they want to keep their torches lit at the next tribal council?
Survivor: All- Stars – Who Will Go in Episode 3?, by Betsy Wasser: Betsy was wrong last week when she predicted Jenna Lewis would be the next to go on the Saboga tribe. Will she fare better this week? This article contains no spoilers – just an educated guess on how each tribe will vote.
“She Didn’t Think a Winner Should Win Again”: An Interview with Survivor’s Tina Wesson, by David Bloomberg: Tina Wesson won it all on Survivor 2 but was voted out first from All-Stars. The two, of course, are connected because the former put a target on her during the latter. In this interview with RealityNewsOnline, Tina tells us what she did to try to get Rupert’s vote, why Jenna was so adamant that she must go, her thoughts on who should or shouldn’t have been there, and much more!
Reality News Update, February 10: Cancelled, Renewed, and Fighting It Out, by David Bloomberg: Time for a reality TV news update. What show has been cancelled? Which have been renewed? How is the Burnett vs. Burnett Thursday night fight going? Read on to find out.
Survivor: All- Stars, Episode 2 – Who’s Naughty, Who’s Nice, and Who’s Missing, Plus Other Probing Questions, by Ken Kellam III: Well, as usual, Ken has a boatload of questions to ask. Join him as he bails his thoughts and tries to come up with a few answers that aren't all wet.
Survivor: All- Stars, Episode 2 MVPs – Swimming and Sinking, by Phil Kural: To be an MVP, it takes more than just doing the right thing; it’s taking that extra step as well. This week, Phil figures out who the MVP is by looking at this week’s reward and immunity challenges, and then deciding who swam, and who sank. This isn’t as easy as you would think.
Strategic Overview of Survivor: Taps for Rudy, by Jeffrey D. Sadow: SOS! With Rudy’s ouster at tribal council, Ethan managed to dodge the winner’s curse, at least for the moment. But was voting off the ex-SEAL the best move for the other members of the tribe?
Survivor: All-Stars – Why Rudy Lost, by David Bloomberg: Rudy is one of the most beloved Survivor contestants ever – both by fans and by his compatriots. But three of those compatriots decided it was time for him to leave. What made them choose him to go so early? Why did Rudy lose?
Surviving the All-Stars, Episode 2: A Hero’s Reward, by David Bloomberg: One tribe acts heroic and helps out everybody else. One player, everybody agrees, is heroic. Sometimes heroes get what they deserve, sometimes they don’t. Do the heroes get their just rewards in this episode?
“Nothing Really Surprises Me Anymore”: An Interview with ‘Survivor’ Host Jeff Probst, by David Bloomberg: Survivor host Jeff Probst is more than just a guy who narrates a show – he has become an integral part of the game. RealityNewsOnline was able to get a few minutes of his time for some interview questions. Find out what he thinks of all the Survivor surprises – such as which was his favorite to drop on the contestants – how much info he has before Tribal Council, and much more!
Survivor: All- Stars – Who Will Go in Episode 2?, by Betsy Wasser: Tina Wesson sure didn’t expect to be the first person voted out of Survivor: All-Stars, but someone had to go. Who will join her next? In this weekly column, Betsy will predict – without using spoilers – which member of each tribe is most likely to have their torch snuffed in episode two.
Survivor: All- Stars, Episode One: First, Uh, Re-impressions, by Ken Kellam III: Well, our favorite (and least favorite) Survivors are back in a Super Bowl of their own to slug it out for another seven-figure check. And while we've seen them before, we haven't necessarily seen them like this, or have we? Join Ken as he takes a look at who brought their "A" game and who might be soon sitting on the sidelines – or deserves to be.
Survivor: All- Stars – Advice for the Remaining 17, by Jeffrey Clinard: Survivor Advisor Jeffrey Clinard already advised the Survivor All-Stars the first time they played the game. Now that they’re back and battling it out with other former players, they’ll need his advice more than ever.
Strategic Overview of Survivor: Welcome to Munchkinland, by Jeffrey D. Sadow: SOS! No sooner did the players on Survivor: All Stars step onto the islands than the strategizing began. Professor Sadow analyzes the early strategies of the All-Star players to see who is in the best position and who is vulnerable.
Survivor: All- Stars, Episode 1 MVPs – Best of the Best?, by Phil Kural: Another season of Survivor means it’s time once again for the MVPs of the week. Now that the best of the best are facing off, who will wear the crown?
Survivor: All-Stars – Why Tina Lost, by David Bloomberg: Tina went all the way through the Australian Outback without a single vote against her. But it only took four votes to make her the first All-Star sent packing. What happened to so drastically change her fortunes? Why did Tina lose?
Surviving the All-Stars, Episode 1: Everybody Still Loves Rupert, by David Bloomberg: It’s finally the time we’ve all been waiting for – All-Stars is here! The scheming begins immediately, and somehow Rupert finds himself in the thick of it. How does the newest addition deal with being the center of attention? And how are the other strong personalities dealing with each other? Read on!
What All-Star Survivors Definitely Should Have Learned, by David Bloomberg: Over the course of the past seven seasons of Survivor, it should be obvious that contestants need to learn certain rules to play by. Sure, sometimes the rules are broken and a person succeeds, like Vecepia, but more often they work perfectly, as they did for Brian. And the players of Survivor: All-Stars should certainly know this better than anybody else! Building on all seven series and even the actions of some who will be playing again, here is an newly updated look at what the All-Star Survivors should definitely have learned if they want to be the best of the best.
RNO Roundtable: ‘Survivor All-Stars’ Predictions, by RealityNewsOnline Staff: It’s time once again for the bravest souls to gather together at the RealityNewsOnline roundtable and put forth their predictions for the coming season of Survivor. Who will show themselves to be the ultimate Survivor? Who does the roundtable agree on, and who is completely up in the air? Read on to find out who we think will win it all!
Advice for the Survivor All-Stars, by Jeffrey Clinard: After seven seasons of Survivor, we’ve seen lots of different people try to win the game in a lot of different ways. Here, Jeffrey Clinard analyzes the different tactics a player can use and offers advice on the best way to win the game.
Strategic Predictions for ‘Survivor: All-Stars’, by Jeffrey D. Sadow: Professor Sadow won’t be using his statistical model to make predictions this time around, but he does have some very specific thoughts on what could happen based on strategy and what we know about each player. Read on to see how he thinks it will all turn out, and then remember it as the season goes on.
Survivor Alsos – The Best of the Rest, by Ken Kellam III: While everyone gets geared up for Survivor: All-Stars, Ken ponders which members of previous cast would also have been interesting to watch. Some of his musings may surprise you!
Reality TV Hall of Shame: What Will Jerri Do? – A Prediction of Her ‘Survivor: All-Stars’ Behavior, by David Bloomberg: Jerri Manthey has been on two reality shows, and of course was a full inductee to the Reality TV Hall of Shame for Survivor 2. But her time on The Surreal Life was a bit calmer. So which Jerri will show up this time around?
‘Survivor: All-Stars’ Players Revealed, by David Bloomberg: There has been plenty of speculation and spoiling, but two days before CBS officially announces the Survivor: All-Stars players, TV Guide has that information. And RealityNewsOnline is here to provide all the details, including who is there, what tribe they’re on, and what other information has been revealed!
Survivor: The Fate of Power Brokers, by Janet Feeney: Jeffrey Clinard recently looked at the changing face of the Survivor meta-game, including the rise of the power broker. Janet expands on this idea and looks at how power brokers have fared under various game situations and how this strategy might succeed in All-Stars.
Survivor Advice: Thoughts on the Meta-Game Looking Back and Ahead, by Jeffrey Clinard: Looking back at Survivor, Jeffrey shows us how the meta-game has changed throughout the series. First we had tribal alliances, later it was all power brokers. He examines these changes in the game and the various players who made use of them. How will it all change further in Survivor: All Stars? We’ll just have to wait and see.
Surviving the Jury on ‘Survivor’, by Betsy Wasser: Many times we have seen people fight to get to the Final 2 on Survivor, only to appear before the jury without the slightest clue how to answer their questions. Betsy takes a look at just what finalists should expect by discussing previous categories of questions and showing how finalist responses helped or hurt them.
A Different Vision of the Possible All-Star Survivor, by Jason Borelli: What if Mark Burnett chose not to handle the possible "All-Star" version of Survivor as just another 39 days of starvation and infighting? Might he do something different with it instead? Jason Borelli has some interesting suggestions.
Suggestions for the "All-Star" Version of Survivor, by Jerry Merchant: With news that there may well be an "All-Star" version of Survivor, many fans have ideas as to what should be changed and how it should be handled. Jerry Merchant contributes his ideas for what could make great television.
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