Benjamin "Coach" Wade, Ozzy Lusth
Blindside me once, shame on you. Blindside me twice, shame on me. Blindside me three times? That's what it's coming to on Survivor.
The reality series comes back for Season 23 with two new returning favorites, Oscar "Ozzie" Musth and Benjamin "Coach" Wade, in tow. But after the success of Heroes vs. Villains in 2010 and "Boston Rob" Mariano's applauded Road to Redemption last spring, recruiting beloved former players for another tour of duty is becoming standard practice for the aging competition series. But is it really the right move? As much as we enjoy watching the Russell Hantz's and Jerri "Black Widow" Manthey's have to face (and sometimes apologize for) their past power moves and manipulations, are these familiar faces really adding to the game or detracting from it? We look at three reasons it's time to throw the vets' buffs in the fire once and all...
With high-powered firearms and high-flying ninja stunts, these sure aren't your daddy's sports shows. But we're betting he'd enjoy Top Shot (Tuesday, 10/9c, History Channel) and Jump City: Seattle (Tuesday, 8/7c, G4), too. Last week, History premiered Season 2 of its direct hit Top Shot, which challenges two teams of marksmen and women to pepper targets using a variety of weapons, from bows and arrows to fully automatics. "The cool factor goes through the roof whenever you bring out a Prohibition Era Tommy gun," says host (and Survivor alum) Colby Donaldson. Tonight's contest: "The teams have to maintain composure and focus while paintballs are whizzing over their heads," he says.
Over at Jump City: Seattle, however, it's the contestants themselves who are ...
Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains - Colby Donaldson
Even though Colby Donaldson holds the record for most individual immunity challenge wins, Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains' last Hero drew criticism from fans when he failed to live up to his reputation. The Australian Outback runner-up doesn't care about his uneven performance now that he's changed jobs from being a reality show contestant to a reality show host. "The food and lodging is much better on the other side of it," Donaldson says of his new History channel show...
Survivor: Heroes and Villains
Spoiler Alert: The following reveals the winner of Sunday night's Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains finale.
Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains came down to the final five finalists in competition for the Sole Survivor title and the $1 million prize...
And then there was one. Hero Rupert Boneham may have made it to the final 6 and to his 100th day of Survivor, but most of his fellow Heroes fared much worse this season, sending only teammate (Colby Donaldson) to the finale. As one of the last Heroes standing, Rupert says it was his inability to convince the rest of his tribe to distrust Russell Hantz that hurt the team, as well as the Heroes' lack of unity from the get-go. The 45-year-old also spoke with TVGuide.com about Hantz's ranking among the reality show's biggest villains, teammate Colby's poor performance, and his fool-proof plan to...
Once a cheater, always a cheater? That's what the Survivor Villains thought when it came to new ally Candice Woodcock, who flipped sides and voted with the Villains to stay in the game. Despite her best efforts to show her loyalty, some of her new allies, particularly Jerri Manthey, believed someone who switched sides that easily could not be trusted. Combine those suspicions with the betrayal felt by the two other remaining Heroes, Colby Donaldson and Rupert Boneham, and Candice was swiftly voted out. Woodcock, 27, spoke with TVGuide.com about why she regrets voting Amanda out, the real story behind her alliance with...
After suffering what turned out to be a torn anterior cruciate ligament in last week's reward challenge on Survivor, James Clement seemed like a dead man walking. With four immunity-challenge losses to the Villains tribe, the last thing the Heroes needed was to keep an injured player. However, thanks to his strong alliance within the tribe, James was saved and Tom Westman was eliminated. Unfortunately, even after Colby Donaldson made a speech to the Heroes tribe about his impending exit, James was the one voted out because of his knee injury. The 32-year-old Clement spoke with TVGuide.com about Colby's lackadaisical attitude, his argument with Stephenie LaGrossa and who he thinks is the "Kareem Abdul-Jabbar of Survivor."
Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains, Cirie Fields
Cirie Fields of Survivor: Panama and Survivor: Micronesia is living proof of the importance of the social game in Survivor. Although she never stood out in physical challenges, the 39-year-old made it far on both seasons thanks to her close observations, smart alliances and manipulative skills. Unfortunately, Cirie's Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains tribe mates were on to her from the very beginning, and it only took three votes to send her home after Tom played his immunity idol and teamed with Colby and J.T. to send her home. Cirie talked with TVGuide.com about the blind-side vote, J.T.'s flip, and her tribe's many "alpha males...
Survivor - Stephenie LaGrossa
After two brutal immunity challenges loses and two dramatic tribal councils, the heroes of Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains are beginning to look less, well, heroic. Despite her alliance with Tom and Colby, Stephenie LaGrossa couldn't save herself from the wrath of Rupert and James. "It's a game, and you want to win, but you want to enjoy your experience out there, because it's miserable as it is," she told TVGuide.com. "And being around people like James and Rupert really did make it unbearable."
Following last night's heated tribal council and her early exit, the 29-year-old also discussed what went wrong during the immunity challenge, the deep divisions within the heroes tribe, and her and Tom's now-defunct plan to...
Survivor, Jessica Sugar Kiper
Two years ago on Survivor: Gabon, Jessica "Sugar" Kiper made it to the final three, thanks in part to the large amount of time she spent on Exile Island. Not only did she find an important hidden immunity idol on the island, but she was able to peacefully remove herself from the competition and make it to the finals without any aggressive strategy. On Survivor: Heroes and Villains, she wasn't so lucky, becoming the first castoff of the new season after getting too close for comfort with some of her fellow Heroes (namely a very irritated Colby). Sugar talked with TVGuide.com about her supposed flirtation with Colby, her emotion after losing the immunity challenge and her failed alliances...