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‘Survivor’ Hall of Fame Inductee – Richard Hatch

December 16, 2010

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 consisted of “Survivor” Host and Producer Jeff Probst, Challenge Producer John Kirhoffer, Executive Producer David Burris, Producer Jesse Jensen, members of the “Survivor” press corps, and XFINITY TV’s “Survivor” Guy Gordon Holmes.

The other fifty percent came from “Survivor” fans like you.

The dual-tiered voting system was designed to keep one branch from having more of an influence than the other.

It turns out it wasn’t necessary.

The committee votes almost perfectly matched the fan votes. Our first inductee, Parvati Shallow, had the most votes from both sides. ‘Boston’ Rob Mariano had the second most votes from both sides. And while Russell Hantz and our fourth Hall of Fame member tied on the committee ballots, Hantz only edged him in the fan vote by a tiny margin.

But as I said before, they’re all winners. So, I’m proud to announce that Richard Hatch is the fourth inductee into the “Survivor” Hall of Fame Class of 2010.

What the fans said about Richard…

“Set the bar for how to manipulate the game.” – Tom

“The first to win and the first to figure out the game.” – Eric

“Put ‘Survivor’ on the map.” – Kendall

“Whether you like him or not, he set the standard for all future Survivors.” – Christian

“This is an obvious one. HAS to get in. First winner and set the path for the way the game would be played from then on out.” – Matt

What the Executive Voting Committee said about Richard…

“Love him or hate him, there’s no denying he will always be the best sole Survivor.” Rob Moynihan – TV Guide Magazine

“Taught everyone else how to play the game. Every time anyone says the word ‘alliance’, Hatch should get a nickel…and then not pay any taxes on it!” – Dalton Ross – Entertainment Weekly

“I think the Richard Hatch persona, that of the mastermind who controlled the game with his social maneuvers and sound (not brilliant) strategy, helped rocket ‘Survivor’ into the pop culture stratosphere. I don’t think it’s overstating things to say that ‘Survivor’ might not exist today without Richard Hatch.” – Gordon Holmes – XFINITY TV

“We will never have another Richard Hatch.” – Jeff Probst – “Survivor” Host and Executive Producer

Be sure to come back tomorrow to meet the final member of the ‘Survivor’ Hall of Fame Class of 2010.

‘Survivor’ Hall of Fame Inductee – Russell Hantz

December 15, 2010

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 consisted of “Survivor” Host and Producer Jeff Probst, Challenge Producer John Kirhoffer, Executive Producer David Burris, Producer Jesse Jensen, members of the “Survivor” press corps, and XFINITY TV’s “Survivor” Guy Gordon Holmes.

The other fifty percent came from “Survivor” fans like you.

It was a squeaker. The third and fourth-place members of the ‘Survivor’ Hall of Fame were only separated by .4% of the total combined vote.

(Not that it matters, as they’re both Hall of Famers.)

With that being said, we’re proud to announce that Russell Hantz is the third inductee (along with Parvati Shallow and ‘Boston’ Rob Mariano) into the “Survivor” Hall of Fame Class of 2010.

What the fans said about Russell…

“The most entertaining villain and smartest idol-finder.” – Bulldog

“Could be a James Bond villain.” – Kendall

“Never has someone used the idols in such a fashion that it gave them full power to dominate the game.” – Cameron

“Redefined the game, got robbed the first time despite absolutely dominating it (the jury should be ashamed).” – Jimbo

What the Executive Voting Committee said about Russell…

“There is no doubt he belongs in the Hall of Fame.  He had a major impact on the game and went to the final in back-to-back seasons.” – Jeff Probst – “Survivor” Host and Executive Producer

“Was robbed in Samoa after finding every hidden immunity idol known to man and bringing his tribe back from an 8-4 deficit. He followed that up by outplaying Boston Rob in ‘Heroes Vs. Villains’ and making it to the finals yet again.” – Dalton Ross – Entertainment Weekly

“Nobody has ever fought harder for second (and third) place. His guerilla warfare transformed the game of ‘Survivor’ and should secure him a place in the Hall of Fame.” – Drusilla Moorhouse – E! Online

“His plan to establish chaos and take advantage of his disoriented tribe was evil genius. He had a solid plan and executed it almost perfectly twice.” John Kirhoffer – “Survivor” Challenge Producer

Be sure to check back Thursday and Friday to see the final two members of the inaugural class of the “Survivor” Hall of Fame.

‘Survivor’ Hall of Fame Ballot – Executive Producer Dave Burris

November 15, 2010

As a member of the exclusive Executive Voting Committee, Dave Burris (along with Jeff Probst and other ‘Survivor’ luminaries) have an awesome responsibility. Their votes will make up 50% of the final tally for entry into the prestigious ‘Survivor’ Hall of Fame. The other 50% will come from ‘Survivor’ fans like you.

David Burris has spent the last seven years working on the Emmy Award-winning reality series “Survivor.”  From his early beginnings as supervising producer, to his current role as executive producer, Burris has put his stamp on the series that redefined a genre.  In his current role as executive producer, Burris serves as the show runner, overseeing all aspects of developing, producing, and delivering the show.

Okay, I’ll start off by saying that after 20 seasons you immediately have 20 different ways you can win this game (though Sandra Diaz-Twine’s strategy was admittedly pretty consistent). Beyond that, some of the absolute best players have not won due to the vagaries of luck. So trying to choose a top five is a Herculean task. My top five will include three non-winners, but three AMAZING non-winners. That’s one reason why this game is damn great – there are literally hundreds of ways to play it well and so far only 20 ways to win. So, here are the five ways to play the game that I think have been the most impressive…

5. Ozzy Lusth – This guy was genetically bred to play the game. NOBODY has hit the beach with stronger athletic skills and survival skills. He is the best athlete (half dolphin!), one of the best puzzle solvers, and easily the best fisherman in the history of the game. He is simply an amazing competitor whose brain remained calm and sharp in the most stressful of situations. Ozzy came within one vote of winning his first season – and only lost because he was up against another guy who appears on this list.

4. “Boston” Rob Mariano – A brilliant strategist, a charmer, the best puzzle solver, and a brutal competitor. Boston Rob is a guy who time and again has proven himself to have a shockingly acute understanding of every aspect of the game. Three seasons and three different strategies show his adaptability, which I consider to be one of the key elements to success in the game.  All this and he’s fun to listen to because he’s eloquent and hilarious.

3. Russell Hantz – The Lord of Chaos, The God of Mischief, The King of Confusion. Russell Hantz instinctively and intellectually understood that if he exploited the natural stress of the game on his competitors he could run up through them. He kept them confused and off-balance, using this to move forward time and time again. He has an unbelievable ability to read his opponents (theories abound that he used swamp magic to pursue his nefarious purposes in the game!), identify their weak spot, and tear them apart. His fatal flaw was not fooling the people he destroyed into liking him.

2. Yul Kwon – Yul is the master strategist, the best brain, and the most diplomatic player to ever play this game. If he had not been on a season with Ozzy he would have also been remembered as one of the best athletes. He played a game similar to Russell’s – kept a weak confidante devoted to him, exploited other people’s weaknesses, skillfully used the hidden immunity idol, and manipulated everyone into doing what he wanted them to do from start to finish…. BUT THEN HE WON – largely due to his skills of communication and diplomacy. He respectfully and clearly explained to people why he was cutting their throats so at the end they had no choice but to respect his play and give him the vote for the mil. Brilliant.

1. Parvati Shallow – The best all-around player ever. She was brilliant at most every aspect of the game and most every strategy. She used her skills as a physical competitor, a brilliant strategist, and a manipulative flirt to put together the most impressive C.V. in “Survivor” history.  She holds the record for most days played, got to the final three twice and won the million bucks. All this and she was never even remotely fazed by the difficulties of surviving on the island. I think this may have been the key to her success – no matter how hungry, thirsty, wet, cold, injured, hot, or exhausted she became she never lost focus and always functioned at an astonishingly high level both physically and mentally. Amazing…

Your Turn: Agree with Dave? Disagree? Cast your vote now for the ‘Survivor’ Hall of Fame.


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