The “Survivor” off season is finally upon us. While for most people that means an extra hour free on Wednesday nights, for me it means a break from Power Rankings, episode recaps, and exit interviews. I hardly know what to do with myself.
(That’s totally not true, I’m going to get to work rescuing Princess Zelda.)
What multiplies that workload is when it’s “Survivor” Hall of Fame time. On top of the previously mentioned work you’ve got coordinating executive committee votes, managing the vote tabulation team, creating art, updating the Web site, and about a dozen other things.
And actually, before we get too deep into this, I want to give a big thanks to everyone who had a hand in this mess; the fans, all of the executive committee members, the vote counters, and XFINITY TV’s Web development team. And a special double thanks to the amazing women at CBS PR. I lurve them.
So, now that we have another cycle under our belts and I have a free minute to think, I thought I’d take a quick look back at some of the questions/comments/etc. that I saw on message boards, Facebook, and Twitter. (I’ll leave out the ones that specifically refer to me as a “moron.”)
Is it Unfair to Induct Non-Winners Before Winners?
My personal stance is that there already is a list of “Survivor” champions. A win is definitely good for someone’s resume, but it isn’t a necessity.
The Hall of Fame Is a Sham if (Insert Name) Isn’t Inducted
I’ve heard a few people say that the SHOF is just like “Survivor” in that you can’t argue if someone has the votes. If you feel that strongly about someone, help get them the votes. Start a Facebook voting fan page, organize a mass vote, lobby the executive voting committee members on Twitter.
Will Cirie, Tom, and Ozzy Be Invited to Join the Executive Committee?
Absolutely. I got a kick out of having Parvati, Boston Rob, Russell, and Sandra’s votes this year. Hopefully, you did too.
Anything Surprise You?
I thought Rupert Boneham was a shoo-in. (No pun intended)
There Should Be a Special Category for One-Time Players
I like this idea and I don’t like this idea. I like it, because it’ll help dominant champs like Yul Kwon and Todd Herzog who I think are definite Hall of Famers. However, I don’t like it because it feels like we’re saying they can’t get in on their own merits. I’ll mull this one over.
There Are Too Many/Not Enough People in the Hall of Fame
Since I get this one from both sides, that leads me to believe that we’re on the right track. I think three a year is good for the time being. I’d consider revisiting this number if “Survivor” announced a final season or if we found ourselves inducting people like Wanda. (I always pick on poor Wanda. I’m the worst.)
Players Competing in a Currently Airing Season Shouldn’t Be Eligible
This was brought up a few times in regard to Ozzy Lusth this season. However, I think Ozzy’s executive ballot dominance would have put him in either way.
That being said, I do like this rule and will institute it next November.
Parvati Shallow Deserves a Trophy
Totally. Hundreds of them.
Is the Executive Committee Too Powerful?
Maybe. I’m hoping that expanding the committee will help even things out. I’m looking into a few ways of making that happen.
What Was the Final Fan Vote Ranking?
1. Cirie Fields
2. Rob Cesternino
3. Rupert Boneham
4. Ozzy Lusth
5. Tom Westman
6. Todd Herzog
7. Amanda Kimmel
8. Colby Donaldson
9. Ethan Zohn
10. Benjamin “Coach” Wade
The “Survivor” Hall of Fame Isn’t Real
Does the “Survivor” Hall of Fame exist outside of my brain? Nope. Did Cirie Fields light up like a Christmas tree when she learned that “Survivor” production staff, legends, press, and fans had voted her one of the best of all time? Totally.
Keep your real, we’re having fun here.
Any More Questions? Leave a comment below or drop me a line on Twitter: @gordonholmes