On the seventh day the creator Mark Burnett gave us a fair fight and he didnt even need to redo the teams this time After getting whipped by da Kota tribe in the two-hour season opener Fang fought back and swept both challenges in impressive fashion Still while Fang grabbed momentum away from Kota according to Jeff Probst this recap reporter Paul Wolfe subbing for the vacationing Rhoda Charles thinks Kota will defang Fang up until the merge Frankly its time for Mark and Jeff to divide the group into balanced teams instead of letting clueless elders choose sides Harsh as it sounds Randy has rightly pegged his tribemates as complete idiots when it comes to playing the game of SurvivorPole hugging and sand wrestling were the sports of choice in the best-of-three Reward Challenge where was the mud as teams of two were charged with ripping a rival off of a pole and dragging them across a finish line Kota dominated an all-male Round 1 as Char
Grey's Anatomy by Scott Garfield/ABC
The ratings rehash for the increasingly competitive Thursday:8 pm/ETSurvivor: Gabon No, I Will Not Be Typing the Subhead Each Week topped the 8 o'clock hour, and averaged 12.9 million total viewers over its two-hour run, a drop of a mil from the Fans vs. Favorites opener. Ugly Betty placed second with 9.78 mil, a 12 percent decline from a year ago. My Name is Earl's back-to-back episodes averaged 6.4 mil, plunging 25 percent from its previous premiere. Smallville (4.1 mil) slipped 270 thou.9 pmGrey's Anatomy dominated its entire two-hour run, averaging 18.3 million viewers, a 10 percent dip from last season's opener. Delivering 9.2 mil, The Office dipped 470K year-over-year. Supernatural (3.25 mil) was down 18 percent from last week's return.10 pmPlacing a distant third behind the back end of Grey's and a CSI repeat, ER returned to 7.92 mil, a 20 percent drop from its previous premiere.
Survivor: Gabon - Earth's Last Eden cast by Monty Brinton/CBS
CBS has unveiled the cast for Survivor: Gabon Earth's Last Eden, and among the 18 embarking on the African adventure are a pin-up model (Hellooo, first-ever HD Survivor!), a professional gamer, a wedding videographer (yeah... his skills won't come in too handy) and Olympic gold medalist track star Crystal Cox. (Olympic athleticism apparently is the new bartending in reality-TV land.)The ages for the crowd span 22 (sales girl Kelly and joystick jockey Ken) to 61 (Gillian the retired nurse). (Eyeball a larger photo of the cast here.)In its press release, CBS promises "extreme conditions" and player interactions with "wildlife such as elephants and gorillas." Host Jeff Probst says that, befitting this cycle's subtitle, "Good vs. evil emerges as a major theme.... I think the audience will quickly identify with one group or the other."Survivor: Gabon premieres Thursday, Sept. 25, from 8 to 10 pm/ET. Matt Mitovich
Survivor: Gabon - Earth's Last Eden by Jeffrey R. Staab/CBS
Looks like you're going to have to wait just a bit longer before you can see who will be voted off Season 16 of Survivor first. CBS has just announced that Survivor: Gabon Earth's Last Eden is getting bumped from it's original premiere date of September 18 to September 25. But before you start making angry threats to impale someone with a tiki torch, rest assured that CBS is providing a make-good for its fans by providing a two-hour season premiere the first of its kind in all of Survivor history. Gina DiNunno