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‘Survivor’ Hall of Fame: And the Best Tribal Council of All Time Is…

December 15, 2014

'Survivor' Hall of Fame 2014 Inductee: The Final Borneo Tribal Council (CBS)

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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The candidates for the 2014 “Survivor” Hall of Fame were nominated by a panel of “Survivor” luminaries such as Host and Executive Producer Jeff Probst, Challenge Producer John Kirhoffer, Producers Jesse Jensen and Matt Van Wagenen, the current members of the “Survivor” Hall of Fame, the “Survivor” press corps, and XFINITY TV’s “Survivor” dork Gordon Holmes. Those nominees were then voted on by fans like you.

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

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…

The Class of 2013 included Kim Spradlin, John Cochran, and Jonny Fairplay…

And now, for the first time ever, the “Survivor” Hall of Fame is proud to honor a Tribal Council…

The nominee with the most votes was…the “Survivor: Borneo” Final Tribal Council!

What the fans said about the “Survivor: Borneo” Final Tribal Council…

“I remember quoting Sue’s ‘Rats and Snakes’ speech with my coworkers for weeks afterwards. Iconic!” – Kathy

“Sue’s speech remains one of the most cutthroat moment in reality TV history. Never before have we witnessed someone lash out such an intense speech on our television sets before. Iconic and one of the biggest moments in the show’s history.” – TJ

“If the Borneo Tribal doesn’t make it into the ‘Survivor’ Hall of Fame, the voters deserve no water. They should just lay there and let the buzzards do what they will with them.” – Erin

What the Executive Voting Committee said about the “Survivor: Borneo” Final Tribal Council…

Dalton Ross – Entertainment Weekly – “Over 54 million people watched the season 1 finale in which Richard Hatch faced off against Kelly Wigglesworth with a million dollars on the line. And 54 million mouths dropped wide open when Sue Hawk delivered her infamous ‘rat and snake’ speech. And they dropped even wider when the show’s villain — Hatch — walked away with the loot.”

Rob Cesternino – “Survivor” Hall of Fame: Class of 2012 – “When I was in college, we forgot to pay the cable bill and our TV service was shut off.  I had a VHS tape of the finale of the first ‘Survivor’ and we watched it over and over.  At one point, I had Sue’s whole speech committed to memory.”

Parvati Shallow – “Survivor” Hall of Fame: Class of 2010 – “The very first season of ‘Survivor’ rocked my world even though I didn’t see it until a week before boarding my plane to the Cook Islands. When Sue Hawk tore into the final two, describing her desire to ‘watch the snake eat the rat,’ she spoke to the raw emotion people feel upon being voted out or betrayed. That was my first glimpse into the heavy reality of competing in the ‘Survivor’ arena.”

Be sure to check back Tuesday to see the second member of the “Survivor” Hall of Fame Class of 2014.

And, don’t miss the finale of “Survivor: San Juan del Sur – Blood vs. Water” this Wednesday at 8p ET on CBS.

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

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Vote for the ‘Survivor’ Hall of Fame Class of 2012

November 12, 2012

UPDATE: Voting for the “Survivor Hall of Fame has ended. Be sure to come back Monday, December 10, 2012 to meet the first member of the Class of 2012!

It’s time for the second most important vote you’ll cast this month. It’s time for the “Survivor” community to come together to honor their best and brightest. It’s time once again for the “Survivor” Hall of Fame…

THE VOTING PROCESS: Fifty percent of the vote will be based on the ballots of the “Survivor” Hall of Fame Executive Voting Committee. This panel consists of “Survivor” luminaries such as Host and Producer Jeff Probst, Challenge Producer John Kirhoffer, members of the “Survivor” press corps, and XFINITY TV’s “Survivor” Guy Gordon Holmes. We’ve also invited all current members of the “Survivor” Hall of Fame to join the Executive Voting Committee. The other fifty percent will come from fans like you.

Check Out Some of Our Executive Ballots…

Any Questions? Drop me a line on Twitter @gordonholmes

What Is the Most Endearing ‘Survivor’ Moment? Jeff Probst Answers (Kinda)

October 22, 2012

'Boston' Rob Mariano (CBS)

XFinityTV is blowing up their coverage of “Survivor: Philippines.” Every Monday Jeff Probst and I will tackle a wide variety of topics with the “Survivor” Question of the Week. Every Tuesday I’ll be squaring off against “Survivor: One World” favorite Kat Edorsson in this season’s Power Rankings challenge. Every Wednesday briefly after the show we’ll have a full episode recap and every Thursday we’ll have an interview with the latest eliminated player.  Follow me on Twitter (@gordonholmes) for all the updates!

Set Your DVR to Record “Survivor: Philippines”

This Week’s Question: What is the most endearing moment in “Survivor” history?

Gordon Holmes: This might be a tough one to pick considering “Survivor” has a much better romance track record than “The Bachelor.” But, when “Boston” Rob Mariano asked Lex Van den Berghe to save Amber Brkich during “Survivor: All Stars” it seemed like much more than him looking out for an alliance member. A happy marriage and some wonderful kids seem to prove that point. I’d put Tarzan Smith’s loved one visit with his wife and the friendship between Richard Hatch and Rudy Boesch as close seconds.
Jeff Probst:
Ah…this one is really tough to answer because I find small moments all the time on “Survivor.”  Moments when people have their own individual triumphs, often while simultaneously losing a challenge or being blindsided at Tribal Council.  Everybody who plays has a different adventure they are seeking and it is so personal it is often hard to share their “moment” but I think the vast majority of our players would tell you they had a moment that moved them and often changed them.  
Holmes:
So your answer is…
Probst:
Not ducking the question, but I’d be here all day writing the answers and I have a talk show to work on! 

What’s Your Most Endearing Moment? Send your answers to me on Twitter: @gordonholmes

‘Survivor’ Hall of Fame Inductee – Tom Westman

December 16, 2011
Tom Westman (CBS)

Tom Westman (CBS)

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, Executive Producer David Burris, Producer Jesse Jensen, the “Survivor” Hall of Fame Class of 2010, 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 “Survivor” Hall of Fame is proud to announce that “Survivor: Palau” Champion Tom Westman will join Cirie Fields and Ozzy Lusth in the Class of 2011.

We had a chance to speak with the newly crowned Hall of Famer to get his thoughts on his induction…

How does it feel to be honored by a vote made up of your “Survivor” peers, the ‘Survivor’ production crew, the press, and the fans?
Tom Westman: Truly honored to have even been chosen as an inductee to the “Survivor” Hall of Fame.  I have a lot of respect for some of the stand-out players in the game, and it is great to be considered in their company.  I am proud to be a part of a production that has continued to set the bar for quality and entertainment in the reality TV world.  One of the greatest compliments I have received came from a camera person who was not able to speak to us during the game, but connected once the final Tribal Council wrapped.  He said that after 10 seasons, and 160 players, he had not seen anyone enjoy the experience more than me.  I recognized how unique the situation was, and appreciated every moment.  The game is exceptional on so many levels, and it is why I continue to be hooked on it today.

My experience with fans of the show has always been a pleasure.  Every aspect of participating on “Survivor” has been positive. It has let me get to know some wonderful people.  Many fans point out that it is one of the few shows that they watch as a family.  This is true in my home as well.

What’ve you been up to since we last saw you on the show?
Westman: I retired from the FDNY in 2005 and entered the corporate world as a sales rep selling group benefits to corporations.  It was a radical change in life style, but one that I have enjoyed.

What are your thoughts on “Survivor: South Pacific”?
Westman: I have been watching the current season, and feel it is one of the better ones.  Interesting characters, great challenges, and plenty of drama.

What the Executive Voting Committee said about Tom…

“He was respected by his entire tribe who recognized his leadership abilities. Tom was a challenge dominator. His physical strength ensured several tribe and individual immunity victories, and he maintained integrity and loyalty to his alliance.” – Sandra Diaz-Twine – Winner of “Survivor: Pearl Islands” and “Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains” and 2010 “Survivor” Hall of Fame Inductee

“He’s an all-around great player; physically, socially, and strategically. Everyone loved Tom because he truly is a great guy and a fierce competitor.” – Winner of “Survivor: Redemption Island” and 2010 “Survivor” Hall of Fame Inductee

“Tom is the Bruce Willis of ‘Survivor’—only more handsome and courageous. The New York City firefighter’s leadership, strength, indomitability, and integrity earned him the admiration of his fans and fellow Palau competitors, who gave him a million dollars—and top billing.” – Drusilla Moorhouse – E! Online

“Until Boston Rob on ‘Redemption Island,’ Tom had the most dominating season in ‘Survivor’ history in Palau when you factor in physical, social, and strategic gameplay. He led his tribe to an undefeated ass-whupping of the Ulong tribe, then coasted post-merge to the win. How the hell was he not in the original Hall of Fame class? Who’s voting on these things anyway?” – Dalton Ross – Entertainment Weekly

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

‘Survivor’ Hall of Fame Inductee – Ozzy Lusth

December 14, 2011
Ozzy Lusth (CBS)

Ozzy Lusth (CBS)

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, Executive Producer David Burris, Producer Jesse Jensen, the “Survivor” Hall of Fame Class of 2010, 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 “Survivor” Hall of Fame is proud to announce that Ozzy Lusth will join Cirie Fields in the Class of 2011. Ozzy received the most executive committee votes out of any nominee.

We had a chance to speak with the newly crowned Hall of Famer to get his thoughts on his induction…

How does it feel to be honored by a vote made up of your “Survivor” peers, the ‘Survivor’ production crew, the press, and the fans?
Ozzy Lusth: Well, it feels like I just woke up from a dream where I could fly, shoot energy balls, become invisible, talk to water creatures, control the weather, and brew a damn good beer; hey at least I can actually do one of them! Seriously, THANKS!!! To all the people that watched me live a dream, it’s been a great journey! I hope to continue to inspire people to follow their hearts and imaginations.

What the Executive Voting Committee said about Ozzy…

“The most physical player to ever play this game is Ozzy. You have to give him credit for that. He is the number one most physical player to ever play the game by far.” – Russell Hantz – 2010 “Survivor” Hall of Fame Inductee

“Genetically bred to play the game from a physical perspective, we now must add to his list of accomplishments a heightened understanding of his own strengths and weaknesses, that is self-awareness — which led directly to the brash, risky, and well-considered strategic moves of this season.” – David Burris – “Survivor” Executive Producer

“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. – Jesse Jensen – “Survivor” Producer

“The blissed-out beach bum deserves a spot in the record books for schooling his competitors in challenges and making tree monkeys seem clumsy.” – Drusilla Moorhouse – E! Online

“If anyone was ever born to be left to his own devices on an island, it’s Ozzy. The guy is the absolute epitome of the living off the land conceit that “Survivor” is all about.” – Dalton Ross – Entertainment Weekly

Be sure to check back Friday to meet the final member of the “Survivor” Hall of Fame Class of 2011.

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

‘Survivor’ Hall of Fame Inductee – Cirie Fields

December 12, 2011
Cirie Fields (CBS)

Cirie Fields (CBS)

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, Executive Producer David Burris, Producer Jesse Jensen, the “Survivor” Hall of Fame Class of 2010, members of the “Survivor” press corps, and XFINITY TV’s “Survivor” Guy Gordon Holmes.

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

Who are the other inductees? Visit the ‘Survivor’ Hall of Fame to find out!

The “Survivor” Hall of Fame is proud to induct Cirie Fields into the Class of 2011. Cirie 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…

How does it feel to be honored by a vote made up of your “Survivor” peers, the ‘Survivor’ production crew, the press, and the fans?
Cirie:
Being a fan of the show since the days of Richard Hatch, when I was first chosen to be on “Survivor” I was in total disbelief. To think that of the hundreds of thousands of people who apply I was the one selected. The whole experience was surreal. But now to be voted into the Hall of Fame is more than unbelievable. My whole “Survivor” experience was amazing, the places I got to see, to be able to play the game that I enjoy and more importantly, to meet the greatest people ever, both on the show and behind the scenes. Everyone was so gracious and inviting, making my entire experience the adventure of a lifetime and for that I’m truly grateful. But now, to be selected by the fans, the crew and the press is more than I can fathom. I have been humbled by the entire experience and coming from the “girl on the couch” who thought she could play this game I am so very grateful to everyone. This was the opportunity of a lifetime for me and the friends and fans will be in my heart always. Thanks to everyone.

What’ve you been up to since we last saw you?
Cirie:
Right after “Heroes vs. Villains” I went to Japan with other “Survivor” alumni to support the troops. I also auditioned for a role on a talk show. Just being considered for something like that boggles my mind and eases the pain of not getting it. Since then I’ve been working and spending time with my wonderful family and watching my three boys grow into three handsome young men (where did the time go?). Now I’ve thrusted myself into furthering my career as an operating room nurse coordinator.

Are you enjoying “Survivor: South Pacific”?
Cirie:
Well, I can’t help but envy the notion of Redemption Island, and watching a player like Cochran who’s really bright, hilariously funny, and physically inept. I can see myself in him so I was really rooting for him. Ozzy, what can I say? He’s still amazing, I think after the show wraps up he’ll probably stay another few weeks just for the hell of it and who’s better suited? Brandon leaves me questioning my own faith and his sanity at times. I see Coach in a different light now. He has transformed from the quirky Dragon Slayer to a savvy ruler and tribesman slayer. You go, boy! I love all the new challenges, but, I always love them from the couch and not so much on the beach as a participant. Great season! I can’t wait to see who will be the sole survivor.

What the fans said about Cirie…

“One of the best players to never win, easy.” – Christian

“One of the best strategic players ever.”– Hawk_941

“Biggest transformation any contestant has ever had.” – Jonathan

“Cirie has an almost magical ability to just tell people something and make them believe it, no matter how ludicrous.” – James

“The perfect combination of personality and strategy. She should have won in Panama and Fans vs. Favs.” – Brian D.

What the Executive Voting Committee said about Cirie…
“Her asset is her disarming smile and her ability to make you forget that she is your opponent. She also deserves a spot in the Hall of Fame because she epitomizes the person who got up off the couch to live their adventure and that’s what the show is all about.” – Jeff Probst – “Survivor” Executive Producer and Host

“She played a great strategic and social game all three times. She is super smart and definitely someone that is a threat every time. Cirie is someone you would want in your alliance and not outside of it.” – “Boston” Rob Mariano – Winner of “Survivor: Redemption Island” and 2010 “Survivor” Hall of Fame Inductee

“What’s incredible about Cirie is how far she came from when she first started on “Exile Island.” The woman was afraid of the outdoors for crissakes! But she evolved into a stone cold killer who would have won “Fans vs. Favorites” had there not been so many injuries to other players (causing producers to abort the original final-three plan).” – Dalton Ross – Entertainment Weekly

Be sure to check back Wednesday and Friday to see the rest of the members of the “Survivor” Hall of Fame Class of 2011.

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

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

December 12, 2011

Gordon Holmes (XFINITY TV)

Gordon Holmes (XFINITY TV)

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.

Note: Fan voting for the “Survivor” Hall of Fame Class of 2011 has closed.

Gordon Holmes is an Assistant 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 three separate occasions (“Gabon,” “Nicaragua,” and “South Pacific”) and boasts a respectable 2-1 immunity challenge record. His biggest regret in life is not purchasing the Medallion of Power when it was available on eBay.

Gordon Holmes’s 2011 “Survivor” Hall of Fame Ballot

Why has “Survivor” survived?

My theory? It’s because it follows the same template the circus does…there’s something for everybody. If you don’t like the jugglers or the clowns, maybe you’ll like the lion tamer or the acrobats.

“Survivor” is the same way. If you’re not interested in challenge machines or exotic locales, maybe you’ll like the hot people in skimpy swimwear or the strategists.

That’s probably why some people get frustrated with Hall of Fame voting. We didn’t say vote for the most charismatic player or the best challenge performer or the best schemer. We just said vote for who you think is worthy.

Here’s who I think is worthy…

Rob Cesternino – (“Survivor: The Amazon” and “Survivor: All Stars”): Rob Cesternino was one of my picks for “Survivor” Mount Rushmore back in 2008 and he will stay on my ballot until he is a member of the “Survivor” Hall of Fame. I credit Rob with changing what had become a very boring game. Before Rob played, Survivors would stick with their alliances after the merge. It led to some very boring episodes while we waited for the lower-numbered tribe to be eliminated. Rob’s strategy of whittling down your alliance to stay off of the chopping block revolutionized the way the game is played. Sadly, the last two seasons have reverted back to the stick-to-your-tribe ways. We need to get a new Cesternino in there.

Jon “Jonny Fairplay” Dalton – (“Survivor: Pearl Islands” and “Survivor: Fans vs. Favorites”): I’ll put Fairplay in the same boat with Cesternino. They both changed the game and will stay on my ballot until they’re inducted. Jonny Fairplay changed the game with his infamous “Grandmother” lie. Not only did it set the precedent that you couldn’t believe anything people said about their lives back home (and Jim Rice had some fun with that this season.) But, it also removed the ceiling (floor?) for what is considered an unforgivable lie. Think about it; the public didn’t bat an eyelash when Russell Hantz said he was a fireman during Katrina who’d lost his dog.

Rudy Boesch – (“Survivor: Borneo” and “Survivor: All Stars”): Now that I’ve voted for the “Survivor” innovators who aren’t in the Hall, I’m ready to move on to the “Survivor” icons. First on that list for me is Mr. Rudy Boesch. The former Navy SEAL was one of reality TV’s first characters back before the idea of a real person being a character on a reality show even existed. His bizarre, heartwarming relationship with Richard Hatch helped turn the show into a ratings juggernaut and his face (along with Hatch, Rupert Boneham, and Jerri Manthey) is one of the first many think of when they hear the word “Survivor.” That, and he’s in the “Survivor” slot machine, which is awesome.

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

‘Survivor’ Hall of Fame Ballots – The ‘Survivor’ Press Team

December 9, 2011

As members of the Executive Voting Committee, the “Survivor” press team (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 2011. The other 50% will come from “Survivor” fans like you.

Note: Fan voting for the 2011 “Survivor” Hall of Fame has ended. Be sure to check back Monday, December 12th to meet the first member of the Class of 2011.

Drusilla Moorhouse – E! Online

Drusilla Moorhouse is an Editor for E! Online, where she celebrates TV and celebrity gossip with a liberal dose of exclamation points. 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.

Ozzy Lusth – (“Survivor: Cook Islands,” “Survivor: Fans vs. Favorites,” and “Survivor: South Pacific”): Hall of Fame or Hall of Shame, the blissed-out beach bum deserves a spot in the record books for schooling his competitors in challenges and making tree monkeys seem clumsy. Sure, he left his Immunity Idol at camp when he needed it most and might be too naive for this cutthroat game, but he’s still a “Survivor” star. Plus, he’s hot.

Rudy Boesch – (“Survivor: Borneo” and “Survivor: All Stars”): This: “Me and Richard got to be pretty good friends—not in a homosexual way, that’s for sure.”

Tom Westman – (“Survivor: Palau” and “Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains”): Tom is the Bruce Willis of “Survivor”—only more handsome and courageous. The New York City firefighter’s leadership, strength, indomitability, and integrity earned him the admiration of his fans and fellow Palau competitors, who gave him a million dollars—and top billing.

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 10 (!) “Survivor” location visits since 2004.

Ozzy Lusth – (“Survivor: Cook Islands,” “Survivor: Fans vs. Favorites,” and “Survivor: South Pacific”): The human dolphin continues to read at a 3rd grade level when it comes to the social game. He’s played so poorly during “Survivor: South Pacific” (is it the ego or the hair?), he should send thank you notes to the producers for creating Redemption Island.

Stephenie LaGrossa – (“Survivor: Palau,” “Survivor: Guatemala,” and “Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains”):
I saw this firsthand: During the first challenge of “Heroes vs. Villains,” she separated her shoulder, popped it back in, then went back in the game! Advil, be damned! Plus, you still got to admire what she accomplished in Palau. She didn’t have to resort to awkward flirting, either.

Ethan Zohn – (“Survivor: The Amazon” and “Survivor: All Stars”): It’s the sentimental choice, but screw it. The guy is a champ.

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 10 years.

Tom Westman – (“Survivor: Palau” and “Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains”): Until Boston Rob on “Redemption Island,” Tom had the most dominating season in “Survivor” history in Palau when you factor in physical, social, and strategic gameplay. He led his tribe to an undefeated ass-whupping of the Ulong tribe, then coasted post-merge to the win. How the hell was he not in the original Hall of Fame class? Who’s voting on these things anyway?

Cirie Fields – (“Survivor: Panama,” “Survivor: Fans vs. Favorites,” and “Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains”): What’s incredible about Cirie is how far she came from when she first started on “Exile Island.” The woman was afraid of the outdoors for crissakes! But she evolved into a stone cold killer who would have won “Fans vs. Favorites” had there not been so many injuries to other players (causing producers to abort the original final-three plan). I loved watching Cirie go from a woman completely out of her element to someone who not only survived, but thrived as well.

Ozzy Lusth – (“Survivor: Cook Islands,” “Survivor: Fans vs. Favorites,” and “Survivor: South Pacific”): Okay, his strategic game is not very good, and his social game is even worse. But if anyone was ever born to be left to his own devices on an island, it’s Ozzy. The guy is the absolute epitome of the living off the land conceit that “Survivor” is all about. He’s also arguably the best challenge competitor the game has ever seen. And consider this: He only lost to Yul by one vote in “Cook Islands” and has made it to at least the jury all three times he’s played. Compare that to Boston Rob, who twice failed to even make the jury. Ozzy may only represent one facet of the game, but he represents it better than anyone.

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

December 7, 2011

As a member of the Executive Voting Committee, Executive Producer David Burris (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 2011. The other 50% will come from “Survivor” fans like you.

Note: Fan voting for the 2011 “Survivor” Hall of Fame has ended.

David Burris has spent the last eight 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.

David Burris’s 2011 “Survivor” Hall of Fame Ballot

Yul Kwon – (“Survivor: Cook Islands”): I re-affirm; Yul’s ability to maneuver, manipulate, and mesmerize without being nasty makes him the “good guy,” “intellectual” version of Russell Hantz.  Which proves that nice guys can actually win. Plus, if not for Ozzy being on the same season he would have been remembered as a physical threat as well.

Benjamin “Coach” Wade – (“Survivor: Tocantins,” “Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains,” and “Survivor: South Pacific”): Third time’s a charm. With “Survivor: South Pacific,” Coach has proven that in addition to being a Dragon Slayer he is a savvy, canny, adaptable player. He went from a “day-one” status of being dead in the water to leading his tribe, defining an alliance’s ethics and strategy, and, thus far, making it deep into the game.  And he did it with a genuine desire to be a principled player – as much as one can be in “Survivor”…

Ozzy Lusth – (“Survivor: Cook Islands,” “Survivor: Fans vs. Favorites,” and “Survivor: South Pacific”): Again I forward Ozzy as one of the greats. Genetically bred to play the game from a physical perspective, we now must add to his list of accomplishments a heightened understanding of his own strengths and weaknesses, that is self-awareness — which led directly to the brash, risky, and well-considered strategic moves of this season. You have to contend that he is one of the best to play the game.

Honorable Mention:

Philip Sheppard – (“Survivor: Redemption Island”):
I will get some “push-back” on this one but I believe it. In “Survivor: Redemption Island,” Phillip read the situation of his tribe with Boston Rob perfectly… and it got him to the final. He played the fool when necessary, caused distracting conflict when necessary, and generally made disorder and bedlam his weapons. His tribe-mates were so distracted by his antics that he slipped through to the final three. There’s a thousand ways to skin a cat with this game and Phillip perfected a very unique one; his manipulation of Rob’s manipulation of him was positively Shakespearean.

Chris Daugherty – (“Survivor: Vanuatu”): He dodged and darted being targeted as a physical liability at the first Tribal Council and then maneuvered his way through weeks of a women’s alliance to win it all. On day one he declared his ability to read tough social (tribal) situations and wiggle his way through them; later he stated that the way to beat a women’s alliance is to sit back and watch them scratch themselves to death – which he did. Hard to argue with that strategy.

Be sure to check back Monday, December 12, 2011 to see the first inductee into the Class of 2011.

Any Questions? Drop us a line on Twitter: @survivorhall and @gordonholmes

‘Survivor’ Hall of Fame Ballot – Challenge Producer John Kirhoffer

December 6, 2011

As a member of the Executive Voting Committee, Challenge Producer John Kirhoffer (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 2011. The other 50% will come from “Survivor” fans like you.

Note: Fan voting for the 2011 “Survivor” Hall of Fame has ended.

John Kirhoffer is the brain behind some of  “Survivor’s” most difficult and exciting challenges. After 11 years and more than 23 seasons, John continues to design and execute innovative challenges that never fail to impress. His commitment, attention to detail and dedication to creating some of the best challenges on TV are a critical part of “Survivor’s” continued success. With hundreds of challenges on his resume, he credits “Boulder Dash” from season three (Africa) and “Vertical Maze” from season nine (Vanuatu – Islands of Fire) among his favorites.

John Kirhoffer’s 2011 “Survivor” Hall of Fame Ballot

Benjamin “Coach” Wade – (“Survivor: Tocantins,” “Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains,” and “Survivor: South Pacific”): He was brought back a third time for a reason, he’s entertaining and reinvents himself. From the deluded Dragon Slayer, to (an emotionally conflicted) strategic “Survivor” player, whose humanity is inspiring by being truly conflicted between being honorable and doing what it takes to get to the end.

Cirie Fields – (“Survivor: Panama,” “Survivor: Fans vs. Favorites,” and “Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains”):
She was never able to win it all, because she was always the (unlikely) biggest threat. Her strategy, attitude, and iconic “Survivor” stature, I believe, make her a perfect Hall of Famer.

Amanda Kimmel – (“Survivor: China,” “Survivor: Fans vs. Favorites,” and “Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains”): No denying it was her strategic mind and love of the game that took her to the very end twice, but could never pull it together to sway the jury. She was involved in designing some of the greatest blindsides and gave us great television. Her reveal of the hidden immunity idol in “Fans vs. Favorites” was a classic American television moment.

Be sure to check back Monday, December 12, 2011 to see the first inductee into the Class of 2011.

Any Questions? Drop us a line on Twitter: @survivorhall and @gordonholmes


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