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Survivor's Lisa Whelchel on Facing Her Fears on Camera, Why Her Celebrity Status Won’t Matter

Lisa Whelchel

It's been almost a quarter of a century since Lisa Whelchel played vain rich girl Blair on The Facts of Life. But while tackling the challenges of Survivor: Philippines, Whelchel learned she still has some of her image-conscious, girly girl alter-ego left in her.

"I was really nervous about things like wearing a bathing suit on television or the fact that, depending on... read more

NFL Playoffs Preview: Can the Pack Go Back to Back?

Aaron Rodgers

It's time for the NFL's most efficient passer to throw the regular season out the window. "The hottest team in the playoffs," says Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, "is the one that's going to be the last one standing."
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Survivor's Quitters, NaOnka and Purple Kelly, Share Their Side of the Story

Naonka Mixon, Kelly Shinn

Two weeks ago, the surprise ouster of Survivor: Nicaragua mastermind Brenda Lowe shifted the balance of power immensely. Oh, what a difference a storm makes. The damaged shelter combined with the nonstop rain proved to be the breaking point for both abrasive NaOnka Mixon and silent ally "Purple" Kelly Shinn, who both quit with only 11 days left in the competition. Although the two used opposite strategies to get far in the game, the two will now be known as those girls that quit the game (what would Jimmy Johnson have to say about this?). NaOnka, 27, and Kelly, 20, talked with TVGuide.com about how they told their families, the reaction from their fellow castaways and how they feel about their respective Survivor legacies... read more

Survivor’s Jimmy T.: Marty Doesn’t Care About the Tribe

Survivor

After the exit of former National Football League coach Jimmy Johnson on last week's Survivor: Nicaragua, the Espada tribe was in desperate need of a new castaway to serve as team leader. Although Jimmy Tarantino was eager to take on that duty, telling everyone within earshot about his past leadership experience, it was Marty Piombo who gained control of the group. Marty quickly pushed the tribe to vote off Jimmy T. over Dan Lembo, whose knee injury has kept him out of a number of important immunity challenges. Tarantino, 48, spoke with TVGuide.com about Marty's game strategy, Jimmy J.'s "lack of... read more

Top Moments: '90s Nostalgia with Letterman, Justin Timberlake and Glee

Glee, Justin Timberlake

Let's get in the way-back machine and remember the '90s — when David Letterman teased Oprah Winfrey at the Oscars, hip-hop and Britney Spears topped the charts, and an adorable scamp named Jennifer Love Hewitt stole America's heart on Party of Five. Television this week recalled those heady days. Letterman finally revealed the incident that started his feud with Winfrey. Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake crafted a joyous medley tracing the rise and reign of hip-hop. The Glee crew called Spears an "icon." And Hewitt unleashed an unexpectedly bravura performance on Law & Order: SVU. Welcome to Top Moments: Remember the'90s? Edition.

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Survivor's Jimmy Johnson on His Biggest Regret and Why He Liked Playing on the Old Team

Survivor: Nicaragua, Jimmy Johnson

Jimmy Johnson -- the most famous person to ever play Survivor and Season 21's oldest contestant -- was seen as a threat by the men and voted off in just the third episode. The 67-year-old Super Bowl-winning coach champ talked with TVGuide.com about his biggest mistake, the "off the wall" younger team and why colleague Terry Bradshaw would make a great... read more

Survivor’s Wendy: Not Knowing Jimmy Johnson Hurt Me

Wendy Jo Desmidt-Kohlhoff

The speculation began as soon as NFL legend Jimmy Johnson joined Survivor: Nicaragua: Wouldn't his fame make him a target? In the first episode, things didn't work out exactly as viewers might have expected. Instead of hurting him, Johnson's fame helped break the ice among his teammates — except the one who didn't know recognize him. Wendy DeSmidt-Kohlhoff, a 48-year-old goat rancher, says her lack of awareness may have cost her — and contributed to her being sent home... read more

Top Moments: Child's Play on Parenthood, America's Got Talent and Entourage

Eminem, Jackie Evancho

Kids did the darnedest things on TV this week. High school student Oscar pursued an affair with both mother and daughter on 90210. Little ones on Parenthood and One Tree Hill got confusing answers to their inquiries about sex. Jimmy Johnson rallied against youth on Survivor: Nicaragua. Eminem and Vince acted like children on Entourage. And precious Jackie Evancho, who came in second on America's Got Talent, occupies the first position in America's heart.

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Survivor: Nicaragua's Battle of the Ages

Survivor: Nicaragua

Huddled under the jungle canopy on Nicaragua's Pacific coast, a burly Massachusetts fisherman, a dog trainer from the South and a former Yahoo! executive gather around a fire pit for the pep talk of their lives. In the middle of the half-circle sits legendary former NFL coach Jimmy Johnson, whose famously coiffed hair — which he admits will "get messed up sooner rather than later" — has finally met its match under the Central American heat and humidity. It's the day before Survivor: Nicaragua's first immunity challenge, and the coach is in his element, presenting his imaginary playbook to his tribe of misfits, ready to do battle with their much younger and arguably more fit competitors. Little do they know that this season of Survivor was specially designed with the older underdogs in mind.

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The New Season in Review: Outlaw, Survivor, Just Desserts

Jimmy Smits, Jimmy Johnson

The new Wednesday TV schedule is still a week or two away from taking its final fall shape, but there's plenty to talk about regarding tonight's lineup. A number of reality competition shows are taking a final bow — America's Got Talent, Big Brother, MasterChef and classic Top Chef — but let's discuss the new.

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