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‘Survivor’ Hall of Fame 2015 Ballot – Co-Executive Producer Jesse Jensen

December 11, 2015

"Survivor" Co-Executive Producer Jesse Jensen (CBS)

NOTE: Voting for the 2015 “Survivor” Hall of Fame has ended. Be sure to check back Monday, December 14, 2015 to meet the first new member.

ANOTHER NOTE: XFINITY TV is the place to go for “Survivor: Second Chance” coverage. We’ll have Power Rankings with “Worlds Apart” faves Jenn Brown and Max Dawson, every Wednesday evening we’ll bring you a recap of the most recent episode, and every Thursday you’ll be able to watch the previous night’s episode and read an interview with the eliminated contestant. Be sure to follow me on Twitter (@gordonholmes) for immediate updates.

The “Survivor” Hall of Fame is proud to have Co-Executive Producer Jesse Jensen as a member of the Executive Voting Committee. As a member of this exclusive committee, Jesse (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 2015. The other 50% will come from “Survivor” fans like you.

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Jesse Jensen has been with “Survivor” since 2000 working his way up from Art Department to Art Director to Producer. His creativity allows for some of the most visually stunning Tribal Councils that set the stage for those great dramatic moments that we love so much.

Jesse Jensen’s 2015 Hall of Fame Ballot

Benjamin “Coach” Wade – (“Survivor: Tocantins,” “Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains,” and “Survivor: South Pacific”): Here I go again, but I am going to keep throwing his name out there until he gets a spot in the Hall of Fame. I love this guy, so as per last year he is my top pick. The “Dragon Slayer”  has always given us amazing drama and funny moments that keep us all entertained throughout all his seasons. Anyone that has been such a dynamic character on three seasons of the show deserves a spot in the Hall of Fame.

Tyson Apostol – (“Survivor: Tocantins,” “Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains,” and “Survivor: Blood vs. Water”): Tyson has always kept us laughing, I’d say for me he has been the most amusing player of all time, so many funny moments. He has such a great energy about him and as a three-time competitor and eventual winner of the show, I can’t see how he can’t make the Hall of Fame.

Stephenie LaGrossa – (“Survivor: Palau,” “Survivor: Guatemala,” and “Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains”):  I am going to nominate Stephanie yet again this year. She has played the game three times and in her first season in Palau she was an extremely popular character and she showed us what a strong player she was both physically and mentally. She was so good that we brought her straight back the very next season to compete in Guatemala where she finished in second place. In “Heroes vs. Villains” she played a tough game, but it just didn’t work out for her that time around. In my opinion she is one the most well rounded and popular players we have seen on the show.

Visit the  “Survivor” Hall of Fame for executive ballots from Jeff Probst, Parvati Shallow, Rob Cesternino, and others.

Follow @SurvivorHall on Twitter for up-to-the-minute updates.

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‘Survivor’ Hall of Fame: Producers Name Their Top Three Tribal Councils

December 3, 2014

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NOTE: XFINITY TV is the place to go for “Survivor: San Juan del Sur” coverage with “all the fixin’s.” We’ll have Power Rankings with “Cagayan” fave Spencer Bledsoe, every Wednesday evening we’ll bring you a recap of the most recent episode, and every Thursday you’ll be able to watch the previous night’s episode and read an interview with the eliminated contestant. Be sure to follow me on Twitter (@gordonholmes) for immediate updates.

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As members of the Executive Voting Committee, “Survivor” Producers Jesse Jensen and Matt Van Wagenen (along with Host Jeff Probst, Challenge Producer John Kirhoffer, and other “Survivor” luminaries) will nominate their three favorite Tribal Councils.

Then, from Monday, December 8, 2014 at 10 am ET through Friday December 12, 2014 at 5 pm ET, the top three Tribal Councils will be chosen by a fan vote.

Note: All of the nominations were requested at the same time, so some Tribal Councils may be nominated more than once.

Jesse Jensen’s “Survivor” Hall of Fame Nominations…

Man, it’s hard to remember them all or decide on what is the best, there have been so many great Tribals. But, if I were to pick, my three would be…

“Survivor: Borneo” – Final Tribal Council: I don’t think you can ignore  Season 1’s final Tribal for a classic. That “rats and snakes” speech from Sue Hawk was amazing and the shock of Richard winning makes it one of the greatest and most memorable of all time.

“Survivor: Cook Islands” – Episode 2 Tribal Council: It may be my warped sense of humor, but for sheer entertainment value when Billy Garcia declared his true love for Candice to Jeff at Tribal…that was pretty awesome.  Not a huge strategic Tribal Council but one of those great “Survivor” moments that you just don’t expect and that makes you laugh. I know from being on set that night it was really hard not to laugh out loud when it all happened.

“Survivor: Micronesia – Fans vs Favorites” – Episode 12 Tribal Council: I think the Tribal when Amanda pulled the hidden Idol out after spending the day on Exile, busting her ass to find it was awesome. Everyone thought she was going home and she smugly pulled it out with such perfect timing, blindsiding everyone to save herself. A perfect “Survivor” moment.

Matt Van Wagenen’s “Survivor” Hall of Fame Nominations…

Okay, I’m partial to the seasons I worked on but here goes in no particular order…

“Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains” – Episode 10 Tribal Council: Parvati is considered one of the best players ever and this move is one of the reasons.  She played an idol for Sandra and an idol for Jerri and left herself vulnerable.  She guessed correctly and shifted the power of the entire game to the villains as JT was voted out.  Russell had no idea that she was going to do it and JT was sent home because of an idol that he gave away. I could watch the reactions of the jury, the Heroes and the Villains over and over and over again. Priceless.

“Survivor: Blood vs. Water” – Episode 12 Tribal Council: Normally castaways walk into Tribal Council fairly too committed to a decision.  Occasionally you see someone change their vote on the spot which is always exciting, but Ciera not only switched her vote, she forced a tie and went to drawing rocks.  It was a massive, bold move that could have taken Tyson, the eventual winner, out of the game but instead sent Katie packing.  To witness it live is still one of my favorite moments while working on the show.

“Survivor: Micronesia – Fans vs Favorites” – Episode 13 Tribal Council: Eric giving up his immunity necklace will go down as one of the dumbest moves in “Survivor” history.  However, the fact that Cirie, Amanda, Parvati, and Natalie were able to bamboozle him into giving up the necklace in the first place should go down as one of the most brilliant and improbable moves of all time.

Follow the “Survivor” Hall of Fame on Twitter and Facebook for up-to-the-minute updates and Tribal Council nominations.

Any Questions? Drop me a line on Twitter at @gordonholmes.

‘Survivor’ Hall of Fame 2013 Ballot – ‘Survivor’ Producer Jesse Jensen

December 2, 2013

'Survivor' Producer Jesse Jensen (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.

As a member of the Executive Voting Committee, “Survivor” Producer Jesse Jensen (along with Host 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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Jesse Jensen has been with “Survivor” since 2000 working his way up from Art Department to Art Director to Producer. His creativity allows for some of the most visually stunning Tribal Councils that set the stage for those great dramatic moments that we love so much.

Jesse Jensen’s 2013 Hall of Fame Ballot

Benjamin “Coach” Wade – (“Survivor: Tocantins,” “Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains” and “Survivor: South Pacific”) I love this guy, so as per last year he is my top pick again. The “Dragon Slayer” has to make the “Survivor” Hall of Fame, love him or hate him everyone remembers him and his outlandish stories. He has always given us amazing drama and funny moments that keep us all entertained throughout all his seasons. That’s why he has been on the show for three great seasons. I’d be very disappointed if he wasn’t to make the cut this year.

John Cochran – (“Survivor: South Pacific” and “Survivor: Caramoan – Fans vs. Favorites”) The ultimate “Survivor” coming-of-age story. Cochran went from a struggling, sunburnt super fan who battled his way to day thirty-one on his first season to then return as a self-assured (still sun burnt) veteran player who seemed to effortlessly navigate his way to win the show on “Survivor: Caramoan.”  That season he also earned himself the title of “Intelligentsia Attaché” from Phillip…who wouldn’t think someone known as the “Intelligentsia Attaché” deserves a place in the Hall of Fame?

Stephenie LaGrossa – (“Survivor: Palau,” “Survivor: Guatemala,” and “Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains”) I’m also going to nominate Stephenie yet again this year. She has played the game three times and that in itself means that we felt she was an extremely worthy contestant. Her first season in Palau she was extremely popular and she showed us what an amazing battler and physical competitor she is. She was such a good personality and player that we brought her straight back the very next season to compete in Guatemala where she finished in second place. She was once again cast in “Heroes vs. Villains” and played a tough game, but the dice just didn’t fall right for her that time around. In my opinion she is one the most well rounded and popular players never to win the game.

Other Ballots:

‘Survivor’ Executive Producer and Host Jeff Probst

2010 Hall of Fame Inductee Parvati Shallow

2010 Hall of Fame Inductee Russell Hantz

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.

‘Survivor’ Hall of Fame 2012 Ballot – ‘Survivor’ Producer Jesse Jensen

November 15, 2012

Jesse Jensen (CBS)

As a member of the Executive Voting Committee, “Survivor” Producer Jesse Jensen (along with Host Jeff Probst, Challenge Producer John Kirhoffer, 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 2012. The other 50% will come from “Survivor” fans like you.

Note: Polls closed November 30, 2012 at 5 pm ET.

Set Your DVR to Record “Survivor: Philippines”

Jesse Jensen has been with “Survivor” since 2000 working his way up from Art Department to Art Director to Producer. His creativity allows for some of the most visually stunning Tribal Councils that set the stage for those great dramatic moments that we love so much.

Jesse Jensen’s 2012 Hall of Fame Ballot

Ben “Coach” Wade – (“Survivor: Tocantins,” “Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains,” and “Survivor: South Pacific”): I love this guy. He has always been such a favorite amongst the crew. The “Dragon Slayer” has to make the “Survivor” Hall of Fame! Love him or hate him, Coach, especially after his last effort in “Survivor: South Pacific,” is probably one of our most larger-than-life players. He has always given us amazing drama and funny stories that keep us all entertained throughout his seasons. I’d be very disappointed if he doesn’t make the cut this year.

Rupert Boneham – (“Survivor: Pearl Islands,” “Survivor: All-Stars,” and “Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains”): I voted for him last time and still think he deserves a slot in the Hall of Fame. He has been out of the lime light for a few years now but he is still such an iconic character for the show. People still totally associate earlier seasons of the show with “the bearded guy with the tie dyed T-shirt.” His amazing popularity in his heyday was shown when America voted him the million-dollar winner on “Survivor: America’s Tribal Council” as a special episode to the “All-Star” season with him receiving 85% of the 38 million votes cast. Rupert deserves to be in the Hall of Fame not due to any amazing strategy or gameplay but simply his amazing popularity with the viewers.

Stephenie LaGrossa – (“Survivor: Palau,” “Survivor: Guatemala,” and “Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains”): I’m also going to nominate Stephenie yet again this year. Like the others she has played the game three times, that in itself means that we felt her an extremely worthy contestant. Her first season in “Palau” she was extremely popular and she showed us what an amazing battler and physical competitor she is. She was such a good personality and player that we brought her back the very next season to compete in “Guatemala.” She didn’t excel in “Heroes vs. Villains” but played a tough game. The dice just didn’t fall right for her that time around. In my opinion, she’s one of the most well-rounded and popular players never to win the game.

Be sure to come back Monday, December 10, 2012 to meet the first member of the Class of 2012!

Any Questions? Drop me a line on Twitter @gordonholmes

‘Survivor’ Hall of Fame Ballot – ‘Survivor’ Producer Jesse Jensen

November 22, 2011

As a member of the Executive Voting Committee, “Survivor” Producer Jesse Jensen (along with Host Jeff Probst, Challenge Producer John Kirhoffer, 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 2011. The other 50% will come from “Survivor” fans like you. So, be sure to cast your “Survivor” Hall of Fame vote.

Jesse Jensen has been with “Survivor” since 2000 working his way up from Art Department to Art Director to Producer. His creativity allows for some of the most visually stunning Tribal Councils that set the stage for those great dramatic moments that we love so much.

Jesse Jensen’s Hall of Fame Ballot

Ozzy Lusth – (“Survivor: Cook Islands,” “Survivor: Fans vs. Favorites, and “Survivor: South Pacific”): He has not only played the game three times but is probably the most accomplished performer in challenges we have ever seen on the show. He is a power house both in and out of the water but also has a calm, focused way about him that keeps his mind clear to also dominate in the problem-solving and puzzle elements of the challenges. Not always the best strategist, but the fact he has consistently entertained us as probably the best challenge competitor and camp provider ever on the show alone should put him in the Hall of Fame.

Rupert Boneham – (“Survivor: Pearl Islands,” “Survivor: All Stars,” and “Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains”):
I admit he has never performed that well in either challenges or strategy…but he is such an iconic character for the show. This totally showed when America voted him the million-dollar winner on “Survivor: America’s Tribal Council,” a special episode to the “All Star” season. The vote was purely based on popularity and he received around 85% of the vote. I think as people look back at the show Rupert, especially in his earlier seasons, was such a big character and identity to the show and for that alone he deserves a spot in the Hall of Fame.

Stephenie LaGrossa – (“Survivor: Palau,” “Survivor: Guatemala,” and “Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains”): I’m going to nominate Stephenie again this year. Like the others she has played the game three times. Her first season in Palau she was extremely popular and she showed us what an amazing battler and physical competitor she is. She was such a good personality and player that we brought her back to compete in Guatemala. She did great in Guatemala and in my opinion could have gone a lot further on “Heroes vs. Villains” but, she seemed to be fighting an uphill battle the whole time. Great physical and mental player. In my opinion, one of the most well rounded and popular players never to win the game.

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‘Survivor’ Hall of Fame Ballot – Producer Jesse Jensen

November 19, 2010

As a member of the exclusive Executive Voting Committee, Jesse Jensen (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.

Jesse Jensen has been with “Survivor” since 2000 working his way up from Art Department to Art Director to Producer. His creativity allows for some of the most visually stunning Tribal Councils that set the stage for those great dramatic moments that we love so much.

It was surprisingly difficult to choose a top five and I’m sure I have left out a few great players. Also some people were great one season then average the next. Anyways, here are five contestants who I consider great players. I tried to judge on overall game play…

Parvati Shallow: Great female player who always used her female attributes to her advantage, never claiming them as a disadvantage. She was also one of the best overall competitors in challenges, covering a broad range of both physical and mental skills. She has an extremely good sense of strategy and game play and always seems to just keep moving on through the game with a grin on her face, maneuvering quite well even under extreme pressure. Plus, she looks great in a bikini!

“Boston” Rob Mariano: Triple threat. He has the gift of the gab which helps him implement his great sense of strategy. He is a motivated player in camp life and a powerhouse in challenges being quite a sportsman and one of the best puzzle solvers we have ever had on the show…and who can resist that charm!

Russell Hantz: Well as much as we all love to hate him, Russell is undoubtedly one of the best players to play “Survivor” to date. He just can’t seem to grasp the idea of Jury management. I had to include him as I think he has changed the way contestants now play “Survivor.” He took things to the next level, although I do think he has a huge flaw in the way he plays. He is still a great player…just not a winner. However that man can sniff out a hidden immunity idol like no one else can…uncanny!

Sandra Diaz-Twine: Got to love her. Plays one of the best under-the-radar games ever while still speaking her mind and not really “riding coattails.” You can’t deny her a spot in the top five, just look at her track record. And boy she makes me laugh with some of her antics.

Stephenie LaGrossa: If nothing else, Stephenie’s first season in Palau showed us what an amazing battler she is. She did great in Guatemala and in my opinion had some bad luck on Heroes vs. Villains where I expected her to do a lot better. But, she seemed to be fighting an uphill battle the whole time. Great physical and mental player.

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