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‘Survivor’ Hall of Fame 2015 Ballot – Co-Executive Producer Matt Van Wagenen

December 10, 2015

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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.

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The “Survivor” Hall of Fame is proud to have Co-Executive Producer Matt Van Wagenen as a member of the Executive Voting Committee. As a member of this exclusive committee, Matt (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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Matt Van Wagenen’s 2015 Hall of Fame Ballot

Tony Vlachos – (“Survivor: Cagayan”):  I have a feeling that even if Tony doesn’t get enough votes, he’ll still find a way to talk himself into the Hall of Fame.  He’s just that kind of guy.  Tony is a force of nature that played the game with an uncanny ability to swing from alliance to alliance while managing not to get voted out.  His silver tongue and nose for idols made him an absolutely devastating player.  It is rare that someone plays with such unbridled joy and energy but he did it…every day.  I’d take a guy like Tony on every season.  Unfortunately (or fortunately) he’s one in a million.

Benjamin “Coach” Wade – (“Survivor: Tocantins,” “Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains,” and “Survivor: South Pacific”): I’ve said it before, if there were “Dragonslayer” action figures I’d buy one.  Whether he’s in a challenge, planning someone’s demise or simply boiling beans, he’s completely entertaining.  He was fascinating in “Tocantins”, human in “Heroes vs. Villains” and a force to be reckoned with in “South Pacific.”  Although he came up short at the end of the game, he deserved his spot in the final three and has to be considered one of the best runner-ups ever.  Love him or hate him, you can’t deny that he is one of the most iconic characters to ever put on a buff.

Tyson Apostol – (“Survivor: Tocantins,” “Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains,” and “Survivor: Blood vs. Water”): Cocky (expletive deleted) rarely win “Survivor.”  That might be why Tyson didn’t win his first time out.  And it’s most likely why he didn’t win his second time either.  But by the time he came out and played a third time he was a different person.  Yes, he was still funny, cocky, and sarcastic.  But he also had a heart.  Maybe it was being older, maybe it was being out there with his girlfriend, but either way he learned to use that bold personality for good..and for winning the game.  He’s a master of the interview, a dominant challenge competitor, and an unbelievably sly strategist.  And most importantly, he’s just a “neat lady.”

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

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

December 3, 2014

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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.

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‘Survivor’ Hall of Fame 2013 Ballot – Co-Executive Producer Matt Van Wagenen

December 9, 2013

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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” Co-Executive Producer Matt Van Wagenen (along with 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 2013. The other 50% will come from “Survivor” fans like you.

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Matt Van Wagenen’s 2013 Hall of Fame Ballot

John Cochran – (“Survivor: South Pacific” and “Survivor: Caramoan – Fans vs. Favorites”) Cochran is the ultimate super fan who was able to live out a lifelong dream in front of millions.  He’s a great combination of iconic personality mixed with savvy gamesmanship.  This guy went from “South Pacific” where he received votes at nearly every Tribal Council to “Caramoan” where not a single vote was cast against him.   In a season with returning players he navigated his way through wildcards like Brandon and Phillip and shrewd players like Malcolm and Andrea while managing to win four individual challenges.  The cherry on top was sweeping all the votes at the final Tribal.  Hard to argue with that.

Kim Spradlin – (“Survivor: One World”) It was amazing to watch Kim play the game.  The only knock on her is that she didn’t have anyone to go head-to-head against and that’s not her fault.  She was head and shoulders above everyone else in “One World.”  She had an uncanny ability to make people trust her, great athleticism, and was able to see the game three steps ahead of everyone else – all with a smile on her face.  Hard to do out there but she pulled it off and made it look effortless.

Benjamin “Coach” Wade – (“Survivor: Tocantins,” “Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains” and “Survivor: South Pacific”) I love Coach on “Survivor.”  If there were “Dragonslayer” action figures I’d buy one.  Whether he’s in a challenge, planning someone’s demise, or simply boiling beans, he’s completely entertaining.  He was fascinating in “Tocantins,” human in “Heroes vs. Villains” and a force to be reckoned with in “South Pacific.”  Although he came up short at the end of the game, he deserved his spot in the final three and is one of the best runner-ups ever.  Love him or hate him, you can’t deny that he is one of the most iconic characters to ever put on a buff.

Other Ballots:

‘Survivor’ Executive Producer and Host Jeff Probst

‘Survivor’ Producer Jesse Jensen

‘Survivor’ Challenge Producer John Kirhoffer

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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