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‘Survivor’ Hall of Fame 2013 Ballot – XFINITY TV’s Gordon Holmes

December 12, 2013

Gordon Holmes and Two Dream Teamers Who Are About to Be Defeated (XFINITY)

Quick Note: We inducted the first of three new members into the “Survivor: Hall of Fame” Wednesday afternoon. Be sure to come back later today and Friday to meet the other two members of the Class of 2013. And, follow me on Twitter (@gordonholmes) for up-to-the-minute news and info.

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As the Senior Chairman of the Executive Voting Committee, Gordon Holmes has an awesome responsibility. His vote (along with Host Jeff Probst, Challenge Producer John Kirhoffer and other “Survivor” luminaries) will make up 50% of the final tally for entry into the prestigious ‘Survivor’ Hall of Fame. The other 50% came from “Survivor” fans like you.

Gordon Holmes is a Managing Producer at Comcast and the lead “Survivor” know-it-all for XFINITY TV. He’s been hooked on “Survivor” from the moment he first saw Jeff Probst kick sixteen strangers off a boat and into the sea back in May of 2000. Gordon has visited the set of “Survivor” on five separate occasions (“Gabon,” “Nicaragua,” “South Pacific,”  “Philippines,” and “Blood vs. Water”) and boasts an Ozzy-esque 5-1 immunity challenge record. He also ranks second behind Michael Skupin when it comes to injuries incurred in the Philippines.

Gordon Holmes’s 2013 “Survivor” Hall of Fame Ballot

Jonny Fairplay – (“Survivor: Pearl Islands” and “Survivor: Micronesia – Fans vs. Favorites) Do me a favor; run out, find someone who knows nothing about “Survivor,” then tell them about Jonny Fairplay’s “Dead Grandma” stratagem from “Pearl Islands.” I’ll wait…

OK, what was their reaction? Odds are they think he’s a genius or a monster. And both answers are pretty much correct.

Whether you love him or you hate him, you have to admit that Fairplay’s sneaky maneuver changed “Survivor” forever. The game doesn’t just exist on an island somewhere tropical. It exists weeks before the first buff is handed out.

And when you add to that the fact that he paired that strategic thinking with a persona that has you dying to see him voted off, you have an A-plus player.

I truly believe Jonny Fairplay belongs in the Hall of Fame. And he will have my vote until he is rightfully enshrined.

Rudy Boesch – (“Survivor: Borneo” and “Survivor: All-Stars”) For all of you new fans who were wondering about that weird, awkward exchange between those two guys at the “Caramoan” reunion; one of those guys was Richard Hatch (Class of 2010) and the other was Rudy Boesch.

The original “Survivor” was a perfect storm of an exciting concept, a beautiful location, and perfect casting. And what Richard and Rudy were trying to recreate during the “Caramoan” finale was the chemistry that helped put “Survivor” on the map.

Some people vote for big personalities, some people vote for dominant winners. Me? I’m voting for icons.  Rudy Boesch is an icon. He belongs in the Hall of Fame.

And who’s another icon…?

Jerri Manthey – (“Survivor: The Australian Outback,” “Survivor: All-Stars,” and “Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains”) More so than any other long-time player, Jerri had the most satisfying character arc over her three-season run.

(OK, it’s weird to say a real person has had a character arc, but stick with me.)

From Marquesas to “Redemption Island,” Boston Rob matured and learned from his mistakes, but he’s pretty much the same guy. From Australia to “Heroes vs. Villains,” Colby seemed to become disillusioned with the game, but he’s pretty much the same guy.  Rupert’s the same, Tina’s the same, Hatch is the same.

Jerri’s not the same.

She was the most hated player on the show’s most watched season during “The Australian Outback.” This notoriety earned her appearances on countless television shows, the cover of Playboy magazine, and more.

Years later during “All-Stars” it was clear that the negative sentiment had finally gotten to her when she left the stage after being booed at the reunion show.

Then finally she emerged during “Heroes vs. Villains” as a woman who was comfortable in her own skin. If you didn’t like her, that was too damn bad. And the funny thing was, everyone liked her.

And I like her too.

So to recap, hated caterpillar in Australia, retreats into her cocoon in “All-Stars,” beautiful butterfly in “Heroes vs. Villains.” And in my book, a Hall of Famer.

Other Ballots:

‘Survivor’ Executive Producer and Host Jeff Probst

‘Survivor’ Producer Jesse Jensen

‘Survivor’ Challenge Producer John Kirhoffer

‘Survivor’ Co-Executive Producer Matt Van Wagenen

2010 Hall of Fame Inductee Sandra Diaz-Twine

2010 Hall of Fame Inductee Russell Hantz

2010 Hall of Fame Inductee “Boston” Rob Mariano

2010 Hall of Fame Inductee Parvati Shallow

2011 Hall of Fame Inductee Cirie Fields

2012 Hall of Fame Inductee Rob Cesternino

2012 Hall of Fame Inductee Amanda Kimmel

2012 Hall of Fame Inductee Ethan Zohn

The “Survivor” Press Corps

 

Be sure to check back later today to meet the second member of the “Survivor” Hall of Fame Class of 2013.

Any Questions? Drop me a line on Twitter: @gordonholmes

Watch the ‘Survivor: Blood vs. Water’ Finale this Sunday, December 15, 2012 at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.

Watch Full Episodes of “Survivor: Blood vs. Water.”

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‘Survivor’ Castaway Katie: Ciera Is ‘So Good at Lying’

December 12, 2013

Katie Collins (CBS)

Quick Note: We inducted the first of three new members into the “Survivor: Hall of Fame” Wednesday afternoon. Be sure to come back later today and Friday to meet the other two members of the Class of 2013. And, follow me on Twitter (@gordonholmes) for up-to-the-minute news and info.

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“Ray, if someone asks you if you’re a god, you say yes!” – Winston Zeddemore

Apparently Katie Collins’ “Survivor” equivalent of this is; if Ciera tells you that she has an idol, don’t give up your assertion that you have one too quickly.

I spoke with Katie the morning after her run-in with the Redemption Island juggernauts to get her thoughts on her idol mistake, pulling rocks, and Tribal Council fashion…

Note: Katie Collins’ brother Taylor died in a car accident nine days ago. The “Survivor” exit interview process involves dozens of interviews in a single day, and I didn’t want Katie to have to relive that horrible incident again here with me. So, I’d like to just express my sincerest condolences to Katie, Tina, and their family and leave it at that.

Katie Collins: It has been too long.
Gordon Holmes: I know, what’s your deal? You go away for 39 days, then I only see you on TV.
Collins: (Laughs) I’m sorry.
Holmes: What’s a guy gotta do, get a club and a cave?
Collins: (Laughs) My mom does want grandbabies.

Holmes: OK, do you have an idol?
Collins: With me?
Holmes: In general, what is the proper response?
Collins: Not with me.
Holmes: Yes, you do.
Collins: I do?
Holmes: See, you’re never confident when someone calls you out on idol related issues.
Collins: Oh…but here’s the thing, when I went away I came back to the camp and Ciera was digging through my bag. And, they didn’t show this on camera. I asked what she was doing and she said, “What do you think I was doing in your bag?” And I was like, “Oh my god!” I could have had the idol in there. Then her and Caleb went away for an hour and a half. So, I thought she stole my clue and her and Caleb found it. That’s why I believed her in the hammock. And she’s so good at lying. I’m a horrible liar.
Holmes: You catch Ciera in your bag, do you have the kind of relationship where it’s just part of the game or are you really offended?
Collins: It’s like this high school thing where you’re like (in tears) “I can’t believe you’re going through my bag!” You’d like to think you’re good enough friends with someone. That’s my stuff! You stole my idol. That was a funny little scene.

Holmes: Last night you show up to Tribal and Hayden’s all distracted. Is this some kind of strategy to throw people off their game?
Collins: (Laughs) That’s not true! It’s just a little elbow grease. I went and showered and brushed my hair. Anyone’s going to look better after being on an island for 30-some-odd days. I didn’t know that I was going to get a reaction. I was surprised. I just hope I’m not in trouble with Kat.
Holmes: I was just going to say, her and I did the Power Rankings together and I wouldn’t mess with her for all the money in the world.
Collins: I don’t want her on my bad side. On the record I’ll say, “I’m sorry, Kat.” It was harmless.

Holmes: Was it tough facing your mother at Redemption Island?
Collins: Yes, we both knew it was going to be hard. I knew for her it was a struggle because she loves the game so much. She’s going to try her hardest no matter what. That’s why I said, “Let’s just play our hardest.”
Holmes: What’s the vibe like now that she got the best of you last night and in the pillow-fight battle?
Collins: I know. She dominated me. She’s a warrior. I think all of the women are forces to be reckoned with. It’s funny you mention the sumo challenge, Jeff was getting mad at us because we were laughing. We were on the platform and she was licking my ankle, which is so crazy.
Holmes: Wait, how is that possible?
Collins: She wanted to make me laugh, that was her strategy.
Holmes: How was she even in a position to do that?
Collins: I had her pinned for a while.

Holmes: Speaking of warrior women; does Laura Morett feel pain? Does she consume food the way humans do?
Collins: (Laughs) No, she’s a machine. She had a few driving forces. She’s super religious. On Redemption she talked about how God was on her side and getting her through the challenges. And her other driving force was Ciera. We saw her on the pole looking at Ciera like she wasn’t going to let go of that thing. It’s like Monica, her kids were her driving force.
Holmes: Does it bother you that God wanted Laura to win more than you?
Collins: (Laughs) Me and mom were like, “Maybe we should ask him to help us.”

Holmes: During the double-tie Tribal, did you and Ciera consider flipping and getting rid of Hayden?
Collins: The only way we were going to get rid of Tyson was to draw. For all of us it was worth it. Ciera turned back to Hayden and said, “Monica.” Then Hayden looked at me and said, “Monica.” So we voted for Monica.
Holmes: Was Ciera really not on board until that Tribal?
Collins: Until that Tribal.
Holmes: Wow.
Collins: Jeff asks the right questions. He’s brilliant. He really makes you think. He’s another player in the game, I felt like.
Holmes: When it was over, Tyson pointed to the jury and said that’s where you were going to end up. Was that playful, was in vengeful, what was the vibe?
Collins: Me and Tyson were never in an alliance so we didn’t have to exchange niceties. He had that idol, and I think when we decided to draw the rocks he was so scared. And when he got scared he lashed out. He was like, “I didn’t know you had the balls to do that, so that seat over there is for you.” That was the lowest part of the game for me, so it was kind of like kicking someone when they’re down. I think he was threatened and relieved it wasn’t him.

Holmes: Alright, let’s do some word association. We’ll start with Ciera.
Collins: Teen mom. (Laughs) Oh God…
Holmes: Hayden?
Collins: Good guy.
Holmes: Laura Morett?
Collins: Warrior.
Holmes: Monica?
Collins: Loves her kids.
Holmes: Wait, you’re supposed to love your kids!
Collins: Yeah, but that’s all she talks about.
Holmes: Caleb?
Collins: Farm boy, chicken slaughterer.
Holmes: Vytas?
Collins: Yogi…ex-junkie? Oh, this is awful.
Holmes: Tyson?
Collins: Bulge. (Laughs)
Holmes: Gervase?
Collins: Pagonged.
Holmes: And Tina…
Collins: Oh, sweetest angel in the entire world. But I’m biased.

Holmes: You have a very unique relationship with “Survivor.” Your mother won it when you were very young. You grew up with it. Did you learn anything new about it? About your mom? About yourself?
Collins: I remember when she got back and I hugged her and she was a bag of bones. She couldn’t talk about it much back then. But now that I’ve done it, we can share that together. It’s a really special thing for us to have. I’m eternally grateful for that. And learning about myself…it humbled me. There are families out there that aren’t guaranteed a bag of rice for a month. I feel like I have so much more respect and love for families that don’t have very much. The whole experience for me was outstanding. It’s hard to verbalize.

Holmes: And what homework do I have for you?
Collins: Ask me if I have an idol.
Holmes: Do you have an idol?
Collins: Yes! I have one and it’s right here in pocket.
Holmes: No you don’t, I have it.
Collins: No, it’s still here in my pocket.
Holmes: Perfect!

Any Questions? Drop me a line on Twitter: @gordonholmes

‘Survivor: Blood vs. Water’ Recap – Har-Monica Solo?

December 11, 2013

"Survivor: Blood vs. Water" (CBS)

Quick Note: We inducted the first of three new members into the “Survivor: Hall of Fame” this afternoon. Be sure to come back Thursday and Friday to meet the other two members of the Class of 2013. And, follow me on Twitter (@gordonholmes) for up-to-the-minute news and info.

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Last Week: Caleb’s stack fell while Tina’s stayed locked, Tyson’s 30-day-old undies is where an idol was socked, and after a tie vote, Katie’s game was like, totally rocked.

39 Days (well…technically 39.5), 20 People, 1 “Survivor” Blog

Let’s take a look at the tribe as it currently stands…

The Kasama Tribe (wearing purple)

Ciera – Cosmetology Student, 24
Gervase – Cigar Lounge Owner, 43
Hayden – Real Estate, 26
Monica – Homemaker, 42
Tyson – Store Manager, 34

Quick Aside: Worst headline ever, right? It’s gotta be close.

We start things off over at Redemption Island where we’re treated to a touching mother/daughter reunion. Tina’s happy to get to spend time with her daughter, but not psyched that she’s going to have to square off against Katie in a challenge.

Over at Kasama, Hayden lets Ciera know that he owes her a hug. There’s an understatement. Everyone else is very impressed with Hayden’s move.

Tyson, however, is annoyed with Gervase for telling Hayden that his number was up. He believes that Hayden wouldn’t have gone crazy if he had felt secure. Well, it’s hard for Hayden to feel secure after you sent Caleb packing.

But, that seems to be the eternal “Survivor” question; is it better to stab someone in the back or let them know and worry about their scrambling.

Monica is worried that Hayden might have an idol. She should be more worried about how skinny her arms are getting. Maybe she shouldn’t pass on the next food reward.

The next morning, Ciera says that she’s cool with her flip because at least she went down fighting. That’s one of the awesome things about this season. People aren’t afraid to make those big moves.

Redemption Island Time: Players will use sticks and rope to build a pole. They’ll then use that pole to retrieve three keys. First two people to use the keys to open a door get to stay. The last person goes home. Also, the winner will get to give out an immunity clue.

The challenge starts and there isn’t much to describe except for rope tying.

(You’re not going to get any “pole handling” jokes from me, so let’s move on.)

Laura‘s the first one with a functional pole. She quickly retrieves her first key. Not shocking.

Katie’s right behind her as she snags a key. Tina eventually gets her first.

Laura easily gets her second and third keys and wins it. Also, water is wet and the sky is blue.

Probst keeps pushing the narrative of Tina sacrificing herself for Katie, but that’s not what we’re seeing. It seems like Tina is trying her hardest.

Katie’s second key drops into the sand and she can’t quite pick it up. Tina gets her second and third keys.

She asks Katie if she’s OK, Katie says she is. So, Tina tells Katie she loves her, opens her door, and wins it.

That was so Shawn Michaels vs. Ric Flair at Wrestlemania 24.

In other news, it is dusty in my living room.

Katie hugs her mom, burns her buff, and walks off into the sunset…er…midday sun.

Laura gives the clue to Ciera and tells her to find the idol. Tina tells Hayden to win immunity. Gervase, Tyson, and Monica receive no instructions.

Back at camp, Ciera immediately shares the clue with Hayden. It doesn’t seem like Tyson, Gervase, and Monica are trying to Boehlke Block them. So, maybe Tyson told them he has it? He might as well if they’re his final three.

Later on, Gervase takes Monica aside and asks how much she trusts everyone. She says she trusts him and Tyson completely. She appreciates that the guys could have flipped on her at the last Tribal.

Immunity Challenge Time: Players will dive into the water and push a buoy along a rope and through obstacles. Once they’re back to shore they’ll use a bag of letter tiles to spell a classic “Survivor” phrase. (Oh! I hope it’s “Women are dumber than cows,” right Gervase?) The first person to complete the phrase wins immunity and a meal from a “Survivor” menu.

The challenge starts off and Hayden and Tyson jump out to a lead. Monica’s in third and Gervase is out-swimming Ciera. Now Ciera knows how Kelly Wiglesworth feels.

Tyson’s the first one to start the puzzle, he’s followed by Hayden and Monica. Gervase is fourth and eventually Ciera joins them.

As they all struggle with the letters, Probst says it’s a phrase he has said this season. Oh, maybe it’s…

“Tadhana loses immunity!”

“Seriously Colton, you’re quitting again?”

I could do this all night.

Anywho, a month later Ciera figures out the phrase that pays and wins. She is Laura’s kid.

The phrase was “You are going to have to dig deep.”

Ciera gets to choose a lunch buddy and picks Hayden. Really? What advantage does that give you?

Back at camp, Ciera says that she chose Hayden to prove that she’s not scared. That may be the case, but you also just fed someone who’s about to face your mom at Redemption.

Later that day, Ciera tells Monica that Tyson was talking “mad crap” about her. That’s whack.

Monica asks Ciera why Tyson would’ve pulled rocks for her. Ciera smartly says it’s because Tyson would have been next because they would’ve had numbers.

Oh man, Monica stars tearing up. C’mon Monica, you didn’t buy that, did you?

That night at Tribal Council, Hayden points out that Katie is looking hot in her jury attire. No arguments here.

Hayden thinks Tyson and Gervase are keeping Monica around because they think they can beat her.

Tyson says he drew rocks because he trusts Monica.

Gervase points out that people on the bottom will do or say anything to stay around.

Monica admits that Ciera told her about things Gervase and Tyson had said about her.

Tyson reveals that Ciera wanted to go to the end with Monica because she thought Monica was beatable.

Tyson also says that Monica knows what kind of person he is. Hayden counters by saying Monica knows what kind of person he is to her face.

HAYDEN! That was seven shades of awesome there.

Gervase says Ciera only told Monica this stuff when she needed her vote.

Gervase then flips right out. Like flips right on out.

Monica is ready to dig deep. You’ve got to. Probst said so.

Hayden says Monica is being perceived as Tyson’s lapdog and that her husband and kids will see it on TV.

Tyson asks Monica if he told her what to do, or if he asked her what to do.

Ciera says Monica’s family will cheer this big move. Nice.

Voting Time: No votes are shown. #imnervous

Probst digs deep into the urn and tallies the votes. He asks if anyone would like to play an idol…and nobody does.

We’ve got one vote Hayden, one vote Gervase, one vote Hayden, one vote Gervase, and the sixteenth person to be sent to Redemption Island is…Hayden.

Verdict: That was tense. That was really awesome. This season is easily my favorite since “Heroes vs. Villains.”

It’s a shame Hayden had to go home because he and Ciera were playing like champs. They both need to play again.

Who’s Going to Win? If Laura can come back and run the challenge table, she could win. Other than that, it’s Tyson’s game to lose.

Power Rankings Results: Malcolm had Hayden in spot four. I had him in spot five. Malcolm picked Laura to win at Redemption, I picked Laura and Tina. The score for this round is Malcolm 5, Gordon 7. So, the final score is going to be Team Glamour and Glitter, Fashion and Fame 129, Team Real American Heroes 137. A big thanks to Malcolm for being an awesome Power Rankings opponent.

Any Questions? Drop me a line on Twitter: @gordonholmes

‘Survivor’ Hall of Fame 2013 Inductee – Kim Spradlin

December 11, 2013

"Survivor" Hall of Fame 2013 Inductee Kim Spradlin

Fifty percent of the voting for the ‘Survivor’ Hall of Fame was based on the ballots of the Executive Voting Committee. This blue-ribbon panel consists of “Survivor” luminaries such as Host and Executive Producer Jeff Probst, Challenge Producer John Kirhoffer, Producer Jesse Jensen, the current members of the “Survivor” Hall of Fame, the “Survivor” press corps, and XFINITY TV’s “Survivor” Minion Gordon Holmes. The other fifty percent came from “Survivor” fans like you.

Follow the “Survivor” Hall of Fame on Facebook or Twitter for updates.

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The Class of 2010 included Parvati Shallow, Russell Hantz, Rob Mariano, Richard Hatch, and Sandra Diaz-Twine…

The Class of 2011 included Cirie Fields, Ozzy Lusth, and Tom Westman…

The Class of 2012 included Amanda Kimmel, Rob Cesternino, and Ethan Zohn

And now, the “Survivor” Hall of Fame is proud to induct Kimberly Spradlin into the Class of 2013. Kim received the most fan votes out of any nominee.

We had a chance to speak with the newly crowned Hall of Famer to get her thoughts on this honor…

Gordon Holmes: Kim, let me be the first to congratulate you. How does it feel to be recognized by “Survivor” production, the press, your peers, and the fans?
Kim Spradlin: Shocking actually. Every person on this list I’ve watched over the years and either cheered desperately for or against them! They are the stars of “Survivor”…so to see my name on this list is completely surreal. I probably could have picked a few people I think deserve it more than me… but I’m of course beyond honored.

Holmes: The last time we saw you, some guy named Jeff Probst was pulling your name out of an urn. What’ve you been up to since your big win?
Spradlin: Well, last march I married Bryan Wolfe, love of my life. We are in the middle of fixing up an old house we bought together that puts “The Money Pit” to shame. I sold Bella Bridesmaid, so I’m no longer “The bridal shop owner from San Antonio.” I’m currently co-hosting our local morning show, “Great Day San Antonio,” and I’m 7-1/2 months pregnant, our first baby is due at the end of January!
Holmes: Holy cow, that’s awesome. Congratulations a second time.

Holmes: The “Survivor: Blood vs. Water” reunion is this Sunday. How are you feeling about this crazy season?
Spradlin: I’ve really enjoyed “Blood vs. Water”! I think it’s been really interesting, entertaining, and exciting to watch. I think the “loved ones” idea was a winner, and I can’t wait for the finale!

What the fans said about Kim…

“One of the most dominant games ever, and probably the most dominant game ever by a woman.” – Ramsey

“She dominated the game physically, strategically, and socially. She made strong alliances (with Chelsea and Sabrina), had impeccable timing (blindsiding Kat, not playing her hidden immunity idol), and had amazing jury management skills. ” – Baus

“We should see her on “Survivor” again, hopefully in some “best of the best” format, because she’s THAT good.” – Juderay

What the Executive Voting Committee said about Kim…

“Kim Spradlin was so brilliant; she made her season boring because you knew nobody else had a chance to beat her.” – Rob Cesternino

“Kim Spradlin provided the single greatest performance by any first-time player.” – Parvati Shallow

“What?!? How is she not in already?” – Dalton Ross – Entertainment Weekly

Be sure to check back Thursday to meet the second member of the “Survivor” Hall of Fame Class of 2013.

Any Questions? Drop me a line on Twitter: @gordonholmes

Watch the ‘Survivor: Blood vs. Water’ Finale this Sunday, December 15, 2012 at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.

Watch Full Episodes of “Survivor: Blood vs. Water.”

‘Survivor’ Hall of Fame 2013 Ballot – The ‘Survivor’ Press Corps

December 11, 2013

"Survivor" Hall of Fame (XFINITY)

UPDATE: Voting for the “Survivor” Hall of Fame Class of 2013 has ended. Please come later this afternoon to meet the first inductee. And, follow @survivorhall on Twitter for up-to-the-minute updates.

As members of the Executive Voting Committee, the “Survivor” press corps (along with Producer Jesse Jensen, Host and Executive Producer Jeff Probst, and other “Survivor” luminaries) has an awesome responsibility. The committee’s votes will make up 50% of the final tally for entry into the prestigious Class of 2013. The other 50% will come from “Survivor” fans like you.

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Drusilla Moorhouse – Today.com

Drusilla Moorhouse is a contributing editor for Today.com and has covered “Survivor” for E! Online, Zap2it and TV.com. A fanatic of the “Eco Challenge” producer Mark Burnett’s O.G. reality competition, Dru carried a torch for “Survivor” even before the first pixelated images of Richard Hatch hit the airwaves.

Malcolm Freberg – (“Survivor: Philippines” and “Survivor: Caramoan – Fans vs. Favorites) He is the whole “Survivor” package: gorgeous, athletic, charming, and bold — while wielding the rapier wit prized by producers. I’m still annoyed that he and his brother weren’t selected for “Blood vs. Water.” But when he does return (that’s not even a question), here’s hoping he skims the Boston Rob Rulebook first. With some lessons in manipulation and a better poker face, he could win the million bucks.

Denise Stapley – (“Survivor: Philippines) This fierce female is who I wanted to be when I grew up — maybe without the job as a sex therapist. But I’d be thrilled to possess a fraction of her strength, athleticism, scrappy determination, and refusal to accept defeat — especially after hauling her torch to every single Tribal Council in her season. And if she doesn’t make it in the Hall of Fame, she deserves sainthood for her patient tolerance of Abi.

John Cochran – (“Survivor: South Pacific”  and “Survivor: Caramoan – Fans vs. Favorites”)  The scrawny, neurotic outcast’s original revenge of the nerd storyline demanded a satisfying sequel — and “Caramoan” was Cochran’s “Rocky II,” with a legit Hollywood ending. After a shaky start — more befitting a comedy club open mic performer than a “Survivor” contestant — he took a daring stand against the “South Pacific” cool crowd. It backfired and branded him a Judas, but he was invited back as a “favorite” — itself a victory for the “Survivor” superfan. His triumphant win, including three individual immunity necklaces, proved that he was better than his punchlines. And he had the last laugh: landing a writing gig for the CBS sitcom “The Millers.”

Mara Reinstein – US Weekly

Mara Reinstein is the movie critic for Us Weekly magazine. But thanks to her unofficial title as Resident “Survivor” Fanatic, she has somehow finagled her way into 12 (!) “Survivor” location visits since 2004.

Sue Hawk – (“Survivor: Borneo” and “Survivor: All-Stars”) OK game play, but must give her credit for delivering one of the greatest lines in TV history. Thirteen years later, I know you can still quote it.

John Cochran – (“Survivor: South Pacific”  and “Survivor: Caramoan – Fans vs. Favorites”)  Redeemed himself in “Fans vs. Favorites 2” by playing a shrewd game — and did it with a seriously nasty sunburn.

Lisa Whelchel – (“Survivor: Philippines”) It’s a sad fact of life (ha! I kill me!) that she never got Emmy love playing Blair Warner. So, I’m personally insisting that she goes in the “Survivor” HOF. I was worried she was going to pull a Jimmy Johnson. Instead, she pulled a respectable Dawn Meehan. Mrs. G would be so proud…

Dalton Ross – Entertainment Weekly

Dalton Ross is the Assistant Managing Editor of Entertainment Weekly. He may have written about this show once or twice over the past 13 years.

Kim Spradlin – (“Survivor: One World”) What?!? How is she not in already? She was my number one pick last year and yet was denied entry. Who the hell is voting on these things anyway? (I mean, besides…you know, me.) There’s one word to describe Kim’s play in “One World” — dominant. Any way you slice it — socially, strategically, athletically — dominant. It’s time to stop the insanity and let the woman in. Better late than never, I suppose.

J.T. Thomas – (“Survivor: Tocantins” and “Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains”) It sounds odd at first because the last thing we remember from J.T. was him writing a love letter to Russell and giving away his tribe’s hidden immunity idol to a dude waiting to slit their collective throat. But think back to Tocantins. People were falling all over the guy. He came into the merge down in numbers and flipped the script completely just because everyone fell so absolutely in love with him. It was one of the most complete performances in “Survivor” history. And as for that “Heroes Vs. Villains” debacle, well, there are plenty of Hall inductees who did even worse in their follow-up seasons, and at least J.T. attempted to make a big move. A big STUPID move, it turns out. But a big move nonetheless.

Brian Heidik – (“Survivor: Thailand”) Yes, he’s equal parts sleazy and cheesy, and yes, his season was an absolute dud, but if we’re basing this on how people actually performed when they played the game — and that’s what I base my votes on — then this former porn star should be in. I would say to go re-watch his season to see what I mean, but does anyone really want to watch “Survivor: Thailand” again? Still, he ran the game from start to finish, orchestrating every single important vote and winning every single important immunity challenge. If this is a popularity contest, then Heidik is one of the last guys you’d choose. If it’s on actual gameplay, then it’s time for the man to get his due.

Tom Santilli – Examiner.com

Tom Santilli is the “Survivor Examiner,” having covered “Survivor” for Examiner.com and TheTVKing.com since 2009 and having been a rabid fan since the very beginning.  He is also a film critic and appears weekly on the syndicated TV show “Movie Show Plus.”  (follow him on Twitter, @tomsantilli and at TomSantilli.com).  He claims to own his own “Medallion of Power” that gives him a slight advantage in writing “Survivor” recaps.

Brian Heidik – (“Survivor: Thailand”)  To me, Brian is the sole remaining “first-ballot” contestant still deserving inclusion…an upper echelon player and the one guy who needs to be in the “Survivor” Hall of Fame above all other remaining players out there.  I voted for him last year (as did Dalton Ross!) and I will continue doing so until others take notice…and judging by many fans I’ve chatted with, his name has been picking up some serious steam recently.  Brian is unlike any other Sole Survivor for many important reasons.  At the time that he won, nobody thought that a “bad guy” could ever win “Survivor” again after Richard Hatch.  Brian to this day is the only true “villain,” playing a villainous game, to have won it all.  Brian played masterfully, despite back-stabbing and lying his way to the prize.  He was a thinker, but he also won several individual immunity challenges along the way.  Others (like, say, Kim Spradlin) have made “Survivor” look easy, but he was the first.  Like him or not, admit it or not, he is the blueprint for every strategic player to this day.  Ty Cobb wasn’t a nice guy, but his contributions to the game made him a Hall-of-Famer.  The “Survivor” HOF will never be complete until it includes the likes of Brian Heidik.

Rudy Boesch – (“Survivor: Borneo” and “Survivor: All-Stars”)  Beyond Brian and those already currently residing in the Hall, there should be a place for Rudy in there somewhere.  This isn’t just a sentimental vote, although that’s part of it.  He was also one of the most entertaining and inspirational contestants ever.  His face and name remains one of the game’s most iconic.  His unexpected friendship with Richard Hatch encapsulated the essence of “Survivor,” showing that people from all walks of life can live together and even become friends within the unique framework of the game.  Let’s not forget that he was one hand-slip away from winning the first-ever “Survivor” too.  When contestants wised up by the time of “All-Stars,” Rudy was voted off early because every other person knew they had no shot against him, were he to stay.  Heck, the dude walked away from a roll-over car accident this Summer without a scratch.  He’s invincible.  He’s incredible.  He’s Rudy.  And he should be a Hall of Famer.

John Cochran – (“Survivor: South Pacific”  and “Survivor: Caramoan – Fans vs. Favorites”)  Below Brian Heidik and Rudy Boesch (and those currently in the Hall), I begin to start considering the best “Survivor” winners of all time.  If the Hall of Fame is meant to represent the best, how can winning not be taken into consideration?  But I’ll share with you why I haven’t voted for other iconic non-winners.  Colby Donaldson?  He’s an icon and a hero, but I value game-play and strategy too highly to vote for someone who chose Tina Wesson over Keith Famie to lose a million dollars.  Jonny Fairplay?  The guy quit the game, which in my mind disqualifies him from ever being inducted.  Rupert?  Not eligible this year.  That leaves Cochran.  Cochran mastered the timing of “Survivor”:  Knowing when to strike before being struck.  He orchestrated big moves and was in control of the game from start to finish.  His game was only the second ever (after J.T. in Tocantins) where a winner won by a unanimous jury vote while also never having a single vote cast against them the entire game.  What separates Cochran’s game from J.T. is that Cochran orchestrated his game, whereas J.T. relied heavily on Stephen Fishbach to navigate his way to the end.  A true student of the game, Cochran pulled off one of the most impressive and unlikely “Survivor” wins the game may ever see.  Yes, his game is fresh in our heads, but if there was a “Mt. Rushmore” of Survivors from the past 5 years of the show, his head would be on it.

Other Ballots:

‘Survivor’ Executive Producer and Host Jeff Probst

‘Survivor’ Producer Jesse Jensen

‘Survivor’ Challenge Producer John Kirhoffer

‘Survivor’ Co-Executive Producer Matt Van Wagenen

2010 Hall of Fame Inductee Sandra Diaz-Twine

2010 Hall of Fame Inductee Russell Hantz

2010 Hall of Fame Inductee “Boston” Rob Mariano

2010 Hall of Fame Inductee Parvati Shallow

2011 Hall of Fame Inductee Cirie Fields

2012 Hall of Fame Inductee Rob Cesternino

2012 Hall of Fame Inductee Amanda Kimmel

2012 Hall of Fame Inductee Ethan Zohn

 

Voting for the “Survivor” Hall of Fame Class of 2013 has ended. Please come back Wednesday, December 11, 2013 to meet the first inductee. And, follow @survivorhall on Twitter for up-to-the-minute updates.

Watch Full Episodes of “Survivor: Blood vs. Water.”

‘Survivor’ Hall of Fame 2013 Ballot – Ethan Zohn

December 10, 2013

"Survivor" Hall of Fame 2012 Inductee Ethan Zohn (CBS)

UPDATE: Voting for the “Survivor” Hall of Fame Class of 2013 has ended. Please come back Wednesday, December 11, 2013 to meet the first inductee. And, follow @survivorhall on Twitter for up-to-the-minute updates.

The “Survivor” Hall of Fame is proud to have 2012 inductee Ethan Zohn as a member of the Executive Voting Committee. As a member of this exclusive committee, Ethan (along with Host Jeff Probst and other “Survivor” luminaries) has accepted an awesome responsibility. The committee’s votes will make up 50% of the final tally for entry into the prestigious Class of 2013. The other 50% will come from “Survivor” fans like you.

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Stephenie LaGrossa – (“Survivor: Palau,” “Survivor: Guatemala,” and “Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains”) Stephenie was hardcore to the bones. She didn’t know how to not give 110%, and I respect that. Having just finished Palau and with a huge target on her back, she was asked to return and play again on Guatemala. Drastically altering her strategy, dominating challenges, and finishing second helped secure her spot in “Survivor” history.

Benjamin “Coach” Wade – (“Survivor: Tocantins,” “Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains,” and “Survivor: South Pacific) The two things I respect most about “Coach” are; his hair and his love of soccer.  It takes a very confident man to rock a hairdo like this “Dragon Slayer.”  He played the game three times and clearly coached himself into a better player. Although he never won, Coach Wade fought hard, never quit, and created a lasting legacy in this “Beautiful Game” of “Survivor.”

Jonny Fairplay – (“Survivor: Pearl Islands” and “Survivor: Micronesia – Fans vs. Favorites) Jonny created an evil character on “Survivor: Pearl Islands” and embraced his role as one of the most well-known “Survivor” A-hole’s to play the game. Both the “Survivor” contestants and the fans love to hate him. His calculated, pre-planned lie about his grandmother’s death was brilliant and opened the door for future A-holes to use this strategy to get ahead. Not everyone can be the nice guy, right?

Other Ballots:

‘Survivor’ Executive Producer and Host Jeff Probst

‘Survivor’ Producer Jesse Jensen

‘Survivor’ Challenge Producer John Kirhoffer

‘Survivor’ Co-Executive Producer Matt Van Wagenen

2010 Hall of Fame Inductee Sandra Diaz-Twine

2010 Hall of Fame Inductee Russell Hantz

2010 Hall of Fame Inductee “Boston” Rob Mariano

2010 Hall of Fame Inductee Parvati Shallow

2011 Hall of Fame Inductee Cirie Fields

2012 Hall of Fame Inductee Rob Cesternino

2012 Hall of Fame Inductee Amanda Kimmel

Voting for the “Survivor” Hall of Fame Class of 2013 has ended. Please come back Wednesday, December 11, 2013 to meet the first inductee. And, follow @survivorhall on Twitter for up-to-the-minute updates.

Watch Full Episodes of “Survivor: Blood vs. Water.”

WWE Superstar The Miz: “It Is ‘Christmas Bounty’ and It Is Awesome!”

December 10, 2013

"Christmas Bounty" (WWE)

Would it really be Christmas without Clark W. Griswold? Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer? Ralphie? Those iconic characters have two things in common. First, they’re loved by millions.

And second, Mike “The Miz” Mizanin could totally take ‘em in the squared circle.

I recently had a chance to speak with “The Miz” about his entry into the Yuletide-movie genre “Christmas Bounty,” how his WWE buddies feel about his softer side, and the difficulties making the transition from the ring to the big screen…

Watch “Christmas Bounty” on XFINITY On Demand

Gordon Holmes: Your character is named “Mike” in this movie. Is that some kind of typecasting?
Mike “The Miz” Mizanin: When I saw it as a script and it said, “Mikey Muscles” I said, “You do realize my name is Mike?” And they said, “You look like a Mike.” So I guess that settled it.
Holmes: How on Earth did your parents have the foresight to do that?
The Miz: When I came out of the womb, they were like, “This guy looks like a Mike.” There was no denying it.
Holmes: I think “The Miz” is catchy. Miz TV is a fun segment. But, “Mikey Muscles” has a nice ring to it too. You might want to consider bringing that into the WWE.
The Miz: Mick Foley had like three characters, why can’t I?
Holmes: It just makes smart financial sense. Foley sells three action figures, he sells three t-shirts…
The Miz: A little merchandise never hurt anybody. I’m up for it. (Laughs)

Holmes: You’re a Cleveland guy. Mikey Muscles is all about Jersey pride. Was it tough to make that transition?
The Miz: When I first saw the script I was like, “I’m not going to try a Jersey accent.” But then I thought, “You know what? I’m going to do it.” I had a voice coach, so every time before a shot I’d go and talk to that person. As I was up there in Vancouver I eventually started talking in a Jersey accent the entire time. It just got so catchy. And I love New Jersey. They have like their own little gimmick. You’ve got to love it. You’ve got to respect it.  It was fun to play.

Holmes: What’s the reaction been like from the WWE Superstars and Divas?
The Miz: We’re always about ribbing each other. There’s a whole lot of love. I get a lot of past/present/future references because that was one of Mikey Muscles’ romantic moments. And whenever a guy’s giving his softer, more sensitive side they’re going to make fun of it. Everyone’s been pretty cool about it.
Holmes: You, John Cena, Randy Orton, Kane, and others are all doing movies now. Is there any competition between you guys?
The Miz: WWE is all about competition. Everyone wants to have the most sales, the most trending topics on Twitter, the most media.

Holmes: What are some of your favorite Christmas movies?
The Miz: Dude, luckily WWE Studios and ABC Family got together and we got to see a preview of the “25 Days of Christmas.” I’m a huge fan of that whole event. I was watching it yesterday and I saw my favorite Christmas movie of all time, you’d think it’s “A Christmas Story” because I’m from Cleveland.
Holmes: Right?
The Miz: No, my favorite Christmas movie is “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.” No one beats Uncle Eddie. It’s the best.
Holmes: Those are both solid choices. But what happens when Mikey Muscles goes toe-to-toe with Ralphie from “The Christmas Story”? We’ll even let Ralphie bring his Red Ryder b-b gun.
The Miz: Listen, you can bring your little b-b gun. The fact is, the bb gun isn’t going to poke your eye out, The Miz is going to poke your eye out with a Skull-Crushing Finale.
Holmes: What about against Clark W. Griswold? We’ll let him bring the Family Truckster.
The Miz: He can bring the dog, the squirrel… You know, the promo that he cut on his boss? That’d better be the promo he cuts on me. He’s going to need it. I’ll put him in a figure four and make him tap, tap, tap.
Holmes: Like when Bing Crosby danced with Danny Kaye. Alright, Buddy the Elf?
The Miz: Who’s that?
Holmes: Buddy the Elf? From “Elf”? He’s got the kind of attire you might see in a wrestling ring.
The Miz: Buddy is such a nice, warm, wonderful character. He tries to bring goodness and positivity to everything. I don’t think he’d actually go up against me, he’d con me into tag teaming so he could win and be the good guy.

Holmes: You got your start in reality TV with “The Real World,” then you became a WWE Superstar, now you’re making movies. These are three very different forms of entertainment with their own intricacies. You’re a bit of a Renaissance Miz. What’ve have been some of the challenges and difficulties as you’ve switched genres?
The Miz: I think the biggest and hardest thing to do is get respect. When you come from a reality show, that’s what you’re supposed to do. Just do reality. Sit your life in front of a camera. That’s it. You have no talent. But, I wanted more. When I went to WWE I was frowned upon by the WWE Universe, the locker room. Nobody wanted me to succeed. I worked hard at it, I dedicated myself, and now eight years later I can say I’ve had a successful run in the WWE. And now moving into movies it’s another transition. “He’s just a WWE Superstar.” I feel like we don’t get the respect we deserve. WWE is theater. We’re in front of a live audience and you have one take to get it right. We have these amazing storylines. It’s very much like movies except we don’t get 100 takes. I think people are going to say, “Oh, it’s just a wrestler.” But, I think we’re going to turn some heads.

Holmes: The Christmas season is underway. There’s a ton of competition as far as entertainment goes. Why should someone plop down and watch “Christmas Bounty”?
The Miz: Whether you are a small child, a mother, a father, a young adult, a hipster…if you like action, if you like drama, if you like comedy…if you like fight scenes, if you like holidays and Christmas…there is only one movie you need to see and that is “Christmas Bounty.” Get in on DVD or Blu-Ray exclusively at Wal-Mart. You can also get it on iTunes. I’m telling you, you will not be disappointed. You will laugh, you will cry. At the end of the day you can sit down with your family, drink your egg nog, have your Christmas tree all lit up. Put on some nice warm socks and watch it on TV. You’ll be laughing and smiling at the end and you’ll have an amazing holiday.
Holmes: And is there any one adjective that can describe “Christmas Bounty”?
The Miz: It is “Christmas Bounty” and it is…Aweeeeeesoooooooome!

Any Questions? Drop me a line on Twitter: @gordonholmes

‘Survivor’ Hall of Fame 2013 Ballot – Amanda Kimmel

December 10, 2013

"Survivor" Hall of Fame 2012 Inductee Amanda Kimmel (CBS)

UPDATE: Voting for the “Survivor” Hall of Fame Class of 2013 has ended. Please come back Wednesday, December 11, 2013 to meet the first inductee. And, follow @survivorhall on Twitter for up-to-the-minute updates.

The “Survivor” Hall of Fame is proud to have 2012 inductee Amanda Kimmel as a member of the Executive Voting Committee. As a member of this exclusive committee, Amanda (along with Host Jeff Probst and other “Survivor” luminaries) has accepted an awesome responsibility. The committee’s votes will make up 50% of the final tally for entry into the prestigious Class of 2013. The other 50% will come from “Survivor” fans like you.

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James Clement – (“Survivor: China,” “Survivor: Micronesia – Fans vs. Favorites,” and “Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains”) Because he has always been a force to be reckoned with in challenges and is amazing at the survival part of the game as well.

Malcolm Freberg – (“Survivor: Philippines” and “Survivor: Caramoan – Fans vs. Favorites”) Overall great player and a strong competitor in all aspects of the game.

Todd Herzog – (“Survivor: China”) Knows more about “Survivor” and the game than anyone I know and it showed in how he played.

Other Ballots:

‘Survivor’ Executive Producer and Host Jeff Probst

‘Survivor’ Producer Jesse Jensen

‘Survivor’ Challenge Producer John Kirhoffer

‘Survivor’ Co-Executive Producer Matt Van Wagenen

2010 Hall of Fame Inductee Sandra Diaz-Twine

2010 Hall of Fame Inductee Russell Hantz

2010 Hall of Fame Inductee “Boston” Rob Mariano

2010 Hall of Fame Inductee Parvati Shallow

2011 Hall of Fame Inductee Cirie Fields

2012 Hall of Fame Inductee Rob Cesternino

Voting for the “Survivor” Hall of Fame Class of 2013 has ended. Please come back Wednesday, December 11, 2013 to meet the first inductee. And, follow @survivorhall on Twitter for up-to-the-minute updates.

Watch Full Episodes of “Survivor: Blood vs. Water.”

‘Survivor: Blood vs. Water’ Power Rankings – Automobile Edition

December 10, 2013

'Survivor: Blood vs. Water' (CBS)

Quick Note: We’re going to be bringing you all kinds of “Survivor” fun this season including episode recaps, exit interviews, and Power Rankings with Malcolm Freberg. And, we’re inducting three members into the “Survivor: Hall of Fame” starting Wednesday, December 11, 2013. Be sure to follow me on Twitter (@gordonholmes) for up-to-the-minute news and info.

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The Rules: Each week our two combatants will create separate power rankings. The ranking of the person who is voted out of the next episode will determine the number of points the two players will earn. For example, if Gervase is voted out this week, Malcolm will receive 3 points and Gordon will receive 2 points. Also, each player will pick the players they think will win at Redemption Island. They’ll receive a bonus point for each correct pick. At the end of the season, the person with the most points will be named the “Survivor: Blood vs. Water” Power Rankings Challenge Champion.

Last Week: Malcolm had Katie in spot five. Gordon had her in spot three. So, the current score is Team Glamour and Glitter, Fashion and Fame 124, Team Real American Heroes 130.

Wager Update: Gordon lost last week’s rankings. So, this week he has to compare the characters to cars.

Team Glamor and Glitter, Fashion and Fame: 124

Any advice for Malcolm? Drop him a line on Twitter: @MalcolmWHW

Team Real American Heroes: 130

Any advice for Gordon? Drop him a line on Twitter: @gordonholmes

 1. Tyson – My emotions were on a rollercoaster ride with him this week. Obviously I love Tyson, but then he goes all weepy Lisa/Dawn on us with overly dramatic background music and I have traumatic flashbacks. Then he redeems himself with a penis joke and I love him again. Then at Tribal… I mean it was a better performance than Monica and Gervase, but still wasn’t brilliant. He managed not to scream and wet himself a la Coconut Bandit #2, but it seemed a touch classless to low-blow Katie on the way out when he only got her booted via luck. Still, he’s playing great – Tyson should be safe with his idol, and if he makes the end I think he wins against anybody.

1. Monica Is a Shopping Cart with a Shaky Wheel– (OK, not technically a car, but it has four wheels, so work with me.) The preview is making it look like Monica is worried about her alliance with Tyson and Gervase. How is that possible when Tyson literally risked picking rocks to save her? Anywho, it’s late in the game and they already have all of their groceries packed up and it’s too late to switch now. 
 2. Monica – Where’d she go? If Monica doesn’t win the challenge each week, we apparently don’t get to see her until Tribal – though once we got there, she revealed math skills that could rival only her husband. Monica probably can’t win this thing and everyone knows it, so both sides are fitting her into their end-game plans.  

2. Gervase Is a ’65 Ford Mustang Convertible with a “Who Farted” Bumper Sticker– It’s super cool, the ladies love it, and it’s a classic. But, there’s one easy-to-fix, yet glaring problem. In Gervase’s case, it’s his mouth. The main reason Ciera flipped last week was because Gervase basically told her she would be the fourth person out.


 3. Gervase – Rollercoaster, again. Shutting down Caleb at RI was perfect, he finally won a challenge, and I can even understand his ice cream choices. I found myself leaning towards Team OG … until Tribal. His poor phrasing was a major part of pushing Ciera away, then the guy got so rattled he nearly pooped himself, which he compensated for by shouting a bunch like an angry child. Watching from home, he came off terribly. All that being said, he does have a winning resume, but he needs both Tyson and Hayden to go home first.
 3. Tyson Is the Batmobile – Actually, this analogy isn’t accurate. Tyson isn’t the Batmobile, this whole season is. Why? Because it’s been an unpredictable, action-packed ride. And who’s behind the wheel? An athletic, smart, super-brave (and that rock picking move was brave) soon-to-be rich guy. Best of all, his utility belt has an immunity idol tucked into it.

 4. Hayden – Mr. Candice is nothing but an ancient memory now — Hayden is officially my new man-crush. Getting loud the first night. Working it pre-challenge. Working it harder and shamelessly post-challenge. Getting pissed off at the prospect of losing. Having the best quote ever: “Who gives a f*$% about 2nd or 3rd?!” EPIC SILHOUETTE SHOT. This is a guy after my own heart — and that’s not even acknowledging the brilliance of that Tribal. Watch out kids: the BB champ wins this against anyone but Tyson at a final tribal. Obviously he’s the primary target of the majority, but I think he survives the next vote thanks to Grandma Morett…  4. Ciera Is a Toyota Prius – Yeah, the move you made last week was expensive, but it could really pay off in the long run. Your move now is to let everyone know how much you respect Tyson’s game. How your mother respects Tyson’s game. How Katie and Tina respect Tyson’s game. Anything to get Gervase and Monica to realize the second-place game they’ve set up.

  5. Ciera – I’ve been shamelessly in her corner for a long time now, but I wanted to kick her in the head for reading that clue out loud, and I think last week officially scratched her chances of winning. I’m obviously a fan of big moves at Tribal, but her jumping ship from the majority at the last minute basically equates to her admitting she screwed up by joining them in the first place. Now, because her mom is basically a destroyer of everyone’s redemption dreams, there’s a very real threat of her getting back in the game. I’m guessing Boss Tyson will see this threat, and won’t let Ciera hang around to potentially form an end-game pair.
 5. Hayden Is K.I.T.T. from “Knight Rider” – It’s good looking, it performs well, and it really shocks people when it finally says something. Hayden killed it last week. His number was up and he picked apart Tyson’s foursome like a champ. It’s going to come down to him and Ciera this week and I think the thing that’s going to send Hayden packing is the fear that he could bust out an immunity streak. You’ve also got to factor in the belief that he might be the only one who can beat Laura at Redemption.
 Redemption Island Picks: Laura and Katie – I’m never not picking Laura again, and Tina looks to be ready to roll over for her unlucky little girl. With a chance to get back in so close, you know Grandma BeastMode is going to kick it into an extra gear on the chance Ciera survives the vote.
 Redemption Island Picks: Laura and Tina – Are we ready to give Laura the “Female Ozzy Lusth” nickname? She certainly seems well on her way to earning it. And on the other side, I’ve bet against Tina and lost twice. Also, Tina’s better and puzzles and bested Katie in their only physical confrontation this season.

Watch Full Episodes of “Survivor: Blood vs. Water

‘Survivor’ Hall of Fame 2013 Ballot – ‘Boston’ Rob Mariano

December 9, 2013

2010 "Survivor" Hall of Fame Inductee "Boston" Rob Mariano (CBS)

UPDATE: Voting for the “Survivor” Hall of Fame Class of 2013 has ended. Please come back Wednesday, December 11, 2013 to meet the first inductee. And, follow @survivorhall on Twitter for up-to-the-minute updates.

The “Survivor” Hall of Fame is proud to have 2010 inductee “Boston” Rob Mariano as a member of the Executive Voting Committee. As a member of this exclusive committee, Rob (along with Host Jeff Probst and other “Survivor” luminaries) has accepted an awesome responsibility. The committee’s votes will make up 50% of the final tally for entry into the prestigious Class of 2013. The other 50% will come from “Survivor” fans like you.

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Amber Mariano – (“Survivor: The Australian Outback” and “Survivor: All-Stars”) Let’s be real; after being married for nearly nine years and three children later, there is no way Amber is not my #1 Hall of Fame choice. I’m biased, but it’s my vote.

Stephenie LaGrossa – (“Survivor: Palau,” “Survivor: Guatemala,” and “Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains”) A challenge dominator and fierce competitor. How is she not in already?

Rudy Boesch – (“Survivor: Borneo” and “Survivor: All-Stars”) One of the original castaways that brought humor to the game. A Hall of Fame can’t be complete without him!

Other Ballots:

‘Survivor’ Executive Producer and Host Jeff Probst

‘Survivor’ Producer Jesse Jensen

‘Survivor’ Challenge Producer John Kirhoffer

‘Survivor’ Co-Executive Producer Matt Van Wagenen

2010 Hall of Fame Inductee Sandra Diaz-Twine

2010 Hall of Fame Inductee Russell Hantz

2010 Hall of Fame Inductee Parvati Shallow

2011 Hall of Fame Inductee Cirie Fields

2012 Hall of Fame Inductee Rob Cesternino

Voting for the “Survivor” Hall of Fame Class of 2013 has ended. Please come back Wednesday, December 11, 2013 to meet the first inductee. And, follow @survivorhall on Twitter for up-to-the-minute updates.


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