Social TV: How Survivor's Jeff Probst Bridged the Gap Between CBS and Its Audience (TV Guide) — When Jeff Probst starting live-tweeting "Survivor" last season, he did it because he wanted to, not because CBS asked him to. But just two episodes later, the network was encouraging fans to follow @JeffProbst before every commercial break. This season, he's both live-tweeting and answering viewer questions in 15-second video clips using Tout, and the fan response has been overwhelmingly positive. We talked to Probst about how he convinced CBS that live-tweeting was worthwhile, and why Ozzy has the fans to thank for his return to "Survivor." TVGuide.com: The first time you live-tweeted an episode, you said something like, "C'mon, guys, let's prove to CBS how cool this is." Were you getting pushback from the network about tweeting? Jeff Probst: Initially, CBS just didn't ...'Amazing Race' premiere: Ethan Zohn, Jenna Morasca lead the newest season (Zap2It: Inside the Box) — "The Amazing Race" premieres, kicking off in Los Angeles with their 11 teams of two. Are you excited for the 19th season? Thoughts during intros: It's great to see Ethan Zohn of "Survivor" looking so great after his battle with cancer. Love that there is a pair from Stone Mountain, GA. Isn't that where Kenneth the Page is from on "30 Rock"?The twins need to dial down on the use of "literally." I'm a big Colts fan, so it's great to see Marcus Pollard on the show. The First ChallengeThe winners of the first leg once again win the Express Pass, which they can use up to the end of the eighth leg to skip any challenge. The first challenge is a tricky word puzzle that will reveal their first location (Taipei, Taiwan). The team that's last receives a Hazard penalty, which they have to complete sometime during the first leg. At least they don't eliminate that ...Costly Mistakes Fill the First Leg of 'The Amazing Race 19' (Buddy TV) — The Emmy Award-winning race is starting again! This time on "The Amazing Race," Olympic snowboarders (Andy and Tommy), "Survivor" winners (Ethan and Jenna), and sailing record setters (Laurence and Zac) are competing! There's also engaged couple Ernie and Cindy, brother and sister Justin and Jennifer, married grandparents Bill and Cathi, who farm, and TWINS (remember that beer commercial?). The twins are named Liz and Marie. The classically good looking dating couple, Jeremy and Sandy, are in the race, along with domestic partners Tom and Bill (go gay couple!), NFL husband and wife Amani and Marcus, and showgirls Kaylani and Lisa filling the token hot team slot. The Express Pass is back, and goes to the first team to finish this leg. The first challenge is a word puzzle leading them to Taipei, Taiwan. The last team to finish this puzzle receives a new stumbling block: the Hazard. The teams rush toward the umbrellas to find ones with the right letters (T-A-I). The professional snowboarders Andy and Tommy are first to their cars, followed by Amani and Marcus.Brandon Hantz: Survivor's Creepiest Player Ever? (TV Line) — Something disconcerting is happening on Survivor: South Pacific, the Broadway Musical. I speak, of course, of Brandon Hantz's baffling obsession with the idea that his Upolu tribemate Mikayla, a sporty, no-nonsense chick whose main interests seem to be catching fish ...'X Factor,' 'CSI' and more: Zap2it readers weigh in on Wednesday premieres (Zap2It: Inside the Box) — "The X Factor," "CSI," "Law & Order: SVU" and more all premiered Wednesday night (Sept. 21) , plus shows like "Survivor" and "America's Next Top Model" really got rolling. What did Zap2it readers have to say?"Law & Order: SVU I really need Stabler back on the show, I hope that they work something out quick! I rather watch the marathons and reruns on USA than the new season without Stabler! Olivia, Stabler, Ice-T, Munch, Alex, and the captain is who I am use to watching all these newbies need to go home!" — Roschia Underwood"The dynamics just was not there. I have been a faithfull follower since day 1 and while I will watch the show because the rest of the original cast are what keeps me tuned in, Stabler is going to be missed and I believe the void will be evident. Good luck." — Gail Giese"The killer for me is not the fact that Elliot ...Stephen Fishbach Admires Coach's 'Savvy Social Gameplay' on "Survivor" (People) — Stephen Fishbach wonders if the veteran player has been replaced by an evil twin.Survivor: South Pacific Watch — He Has Demons (Cinema Blend) — Remember how last week, Brandon swore he'd never reveal that he was Evil Russell's nephew? Well, you'll never guess what secret he lets out of the bag this week. Or am I being too obvious?Survivor: South Pacific Insider: Ungodly Alliances (E! Online) — Preach it, brother! It's only episode two of Survivor: South Pacific, and some contestants are already praying together, Redemption Island style. But what happens when one ...Jeff Probst Spills 7 Behind-the-Scenes Survivor Secrets (TV Guide) — "Survivor" loyalists were thrilled when host Jeff Probst revealed he'd be live-tweeting the show again this season. But during last week's premiere, Probst switched things up a bit. During commercials, he now addresses viewer questions in live, 15-second clips using a new video service called Tout. We tuned in Wednesday, and here's a list of his answers to our favorite burning questions ... .Brandon Hantz Reveals His Secret to Coach on 'Survivor: South Pacific' (Video) (AOL TV Squad) — Brandon Hantz is proving to be a much more difficult man to figure out than his Uncle Russell. On 'Survivor: South Pacific' (Wed., 8PM ET on CBS), he continued to assert that he's trying to play a nicer game than his uncle, that he's allowing his faith to guide him. He even confided in his ally Coach, showing the veteran player the tattoo on his arm that reveals his last name. It was a risky move on his part, particularly since Russell helped orchestrate Coach's ouster the last time the two played together. But it was later in the episode, when Brandon again decided he needed to target Mikayla because she's beautiful and he's married. It's as if he doesn't believe he can control himself around pretty girls, which is a pretty scary prospect for a show where you run around in your underwear most of the time.'Survivor: South Pacific': Brandon Hantz's short-man complex rears its ugly head (Zap2It: Inside the Box) — Oh, Brandon Hantz. You are one of the weirdest "Survivor" contestants we've ever seen — and that is saying a lot. Post-TribalSemhar cries at Redemption Island, though I don't really buy that she gave them "every last strength." She also says she has abandonment issues, which — this is a reality show. Your tribemates are not your absentee daddy or whoever. Then it's emo poetry time. Yikes. Back at Savaii, John is really kissing butt about being allowed to stay. I do hope he gets to prove his worth, since it means so much to him. I love seeing fans play the game, not the hotties the casting directors plucked off the streets of Los Angeles. Ozzy and Keith make plans to get together with Jim and get a strong guys alliance going. Upolu CampCoach starts to forge a friendship and alliance with Edna, outside of his alliance with Rick, Sophie, Albert and Brandon. He asks if she ...Alliances and Prejudice Emerge on 'Survivor: South Pacific' (Buddy TV) — All I've been able to think about since last week's Tribal Council is Semhar alone on Redemption Island, not knowing how to make fire. OK, I've also thought a lot about Cochran. I mean, he's "us," you guys! I'm so glad a superfan is finally on the show. Oh my god Semhar is still crying! She wrote/spoke a poem about her abandonment issues. So alone. Cochran has opted to become "cool, mellow Cochran," who I will call New Cochran. Savaii is hoping New Cochran can be good with puzzles and the mental game. Ozzy and Young Peter Galagher (Keith) talk about meeting up with Secret Marijuana Jim, probably to form an alliance.'Survivor': Voting do's and don'ts! (Entertainment Weekly) — Jeff Probst's important Public Service Announcement — how not to make a faux pas at Tribal Council!Survivor: South Pacific: Can Nice People Make for Compelling Television? (TV.com) — Despite all the gimmicks, twists and changes introduced to the "Survivor" game during the past eleven years (RIP Medallion of Power), the longevity of the "Survivor" franchise has always depended on the quality of its casting. That's how a season like "Survivor: South Pacific" can bring almost no new changes to the franchise but still feel fresh and compelling. This season's biggest innovation? Casting a bunch of likable people! Two days before shooting commenced I actually met each of the contestants, and they all seemed very nice! But I began to ...Little love for CW's 'H8R' (Variety) — Good sampling for NBC comedy 'Up'; CBS's 'Survivor' down in debut — The CW's reality show "H8R" opened softly Wednesday, a night that also saw good sampling for NBC comedy "Up All Night." NBC won with "America's Got Talent," while CBS's "Survivor" was down in kicking off its fall season.Ratings Rat Race: 'Survivor', 'Top Model' Down in Return, 'Up All Night' Solid in Preview, 'Free Agents' Not So Much (Deadline) — Pre-fall launches continued last night with the season premiere of CBS veteran Survivor and previews of new NBC comedies Up All Night and Free Agents, while two summer staples, NBC's America's Got Talent and CBS's Big Brother, wrapped their seasons. Encouraging news for NBC's new Christina Applegate-starring comedy Up All Night, which opened with a 3.7/10 at 10 PM, following the season finale of Talent (3.5/10 in adults 18-49) ... .TV Ratings: 'Up All Night' Debuts Strong, 'Survivor' Down in Return (Hollywood Reporter) — CBS's "Big Brother" wraps up its best season since 2004; the CW's "America's Next Top Model" returns for an all-star edition.TV ratings: 'Up All Night' premiere solid for NBC, 'Survivor' down some Wednesday (Zap2It: Inside the Box) — Fast National ratings for Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2011 — The "America's Got Talent" finale was down a little from last year's season ender, but it still provided a solid platform to launch NBC's new comedy "Up All Night." Companion comedy "Free Agents" wasn't so fortunate, though, and the debut of "Survivor: South Pacific" was also a little low. And it would appear we are a nation of "H8Rs," as The CW's celeb-boosterism reality series got off to a pretty meager start. "America's Next Top Model" took a tumble as well. NBC led the way Wednesday night with 12.2 million viewers and a 7.4 rating/12 share in households. CBS (9.2 million, 5.5/9) came in second. ABC finished a distant third with 4.5 million viewers and a 2.9/5, followed by FOX at 2.9 million and 2.0/3. The CW's reality premieres averaged 1.6 million viewers and a 1.1/2. The race was a little closer for the adults 18-49 crown, but NBC still ...Stephen Fishbach's First Impressions from "Survivor: South Pacific" (People) — Find out who got the first "Fishy" award — and who was sent packing in the season premiere.Is Cochran an Instant 'Survivor' All-Star? (Buddy TV) — The premiere of "Survivor: South Pacific" did a good job of introducing several of the castaways for the new season, and it's an interesting crop. Yes, we saw the return of Ozzy and Coach, but the new players made a strong first impression. Recap: "Survivor: South Pacific" Premiere>> There's spoken word poet Semhar (does that count as a job?), cocky marijuana dispensary owner Jim and gay cop Mark, who gets everyone to call him Papa Bear. There's also Russell Hantz's nephew Brandon, who got off to a bad start by comparing himself to Hitler's nephew, creepily ogling Mikayla while talking about his born-again Christian values and vowing not to reveal his relationship to Russell despite having two tattoos with the name "Hantz" on them. That's a recipe for disaster.
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