1. The Eli Stone finale. Tears, cheers, and Victor Garber sang again. Bring this show back! 2. Cirie orchestrating the ouster of Ozzy on Survivor. Love how holding the immunity idol can come back and bite you if you play it too smugor don't play the idol at the right moment. (Just ask James.) 3. Kristy Lee leaving American Idol, finally. I would have been happy with a Syesha 2-fer. (Whos singing Memory on Andrew Lloyd Webber night next week? The ears bleed in advance.) 4. Tim Conway on 30 Rock, shredding Kenneth the Pages love for TV with his warped nostalgia for things like the Jew room. 5. Jims mock-proposal to Pam (hes holding on to an actual ring!) at the end of an unpleasantly Michael-centric episode of The Office, which thankfully was back in the office this week. (There will probably be a sixth moment after watching tonights Battlestar Galactica.)
Survivor: Micronesia by Monty Brinton/CBS
CBS' eight-year-old Survivor franchise is finally going hi-def, when it launches its 17th edition this fall. "Survivor's locations and natural elements have always served as another character in the show and an important part of the competition," Ghen Maynard, executive VP of alternative programming at CBS Paramount, said in making the announcement. "With HD, viewers will feel as if they are on location instead of in their living room." I'm already stocking up on Off! — MWM
Maybe it was the hidden immunity idol setup from last week, but tonights episode of Survivor: Micronesia was hilarious. It wasnt just because of Jasons idol reveal and Elizas delicious, It cant be the idolits a stick! response, which actually was funnier in the preview than in the show. Nearly everyone did or said something to make me chuckle tonight, but the prize has got to got to Parvati whose mannered feud with Eliza came to a head at tribal council and ended with a tiny wave to Elizas exiting form.First, lets look back at the events that lead up to the ever-entertaining presentation of a false hidden idol at tribal. As suspected, the tribes merged at the top of the hour. Coming together under the name Dabu a Micronesian word in Eriks mind only, meaning good. The ten remaining castaways feasted on some tasty morsels
and bats. Yes, bats. Now there was no indication that this was some ...
Ami Cusack, Survivor: Micronesia
Ami Cusack, the most recent castoff from Survivor: Micronesia (Thursdays at 8 pm/ET, CBS), may have taken this season's setup too literally. The 35-year-old nanny from Denver, Colorado, spent her last days on the island caught between the fans and the favorites. She tried to find her place — and play both sides — but in the end the truth about her duplicity set her free from the game. With her torch snuffed, Ami told TVGuide.com just how hard it was to be the woman in the middle.
TVGuide.com: You were a strong player, but by the end you were very emotional. Were you playing the game all the way through to tribal council?Ami Cusack: I honestly don't feel like I was playing the game until the last three hours on the beach. After Yau-Man got voted out and Cirie chose to vote with the other alliance, my game just went on pause. [Later on] after I talked
Tracy and Kathy, Survivor: Micronesia — Fans vs. Favorites
In its second twofer of the season Survivor: Micronesia — Fans vs. Favorites (Thursdays at 8 pm/ET on CBS) said goodbye to a pair of fans last Wednesday when Kathleen Sleckman and Tracy Hughes-Wolf saw their dreams of a million-dollar prize slip away. Although she was a tough competitor, Tracy's strong alliance with two of the show's weakest players kept her scrambling for position. Meanwhile, Kathy's fondness for the favorites never wavered, but the rigors of the game zapped her motivation, and in a move that has secured her a spot in Survivor history, she chose to quit the show. TVGuide.com caught up with both women to discuss their exits and find out just what went wrong. TVGuide.com: Kathy, when did you start feeling that you were ready to leave?Kathy Sleckman: That would have been when the natives took us in on the boat.TVGuide.com: Right from the beginning, eh?Kathy: [Laughs] Well, I can't say right from the beginn
What is going on here? Im crying watching Survivor. Last week we had Jonathans heartbreaking leave from the game and this week Kathy had me ready to bawl with her total breakdown. It was so sad to watch, but for the first time ever I think viewers got a true taste of what the Survivor experience is like. I know if I had to sleep in that cave with the rats and the bats and the creepy crawlies in order to avoid the hours-long downpour outside I would have found myself in much the same condition as Kathy. Poor thing.It is well documented how Jeff feels about quitters on this show, but when he sat on that log next to Kathy and said that he just wanted to understand you realize again why hes the best host on TV. Kathy replied, I dont want anybody to think that Im quitting, and I completely teared up. And so another player leaves the game without benefit of a vote or a torch snuffing. Ill miss the wackiness that Kathy brought to the show...
Chet (left) and Jonathan, Survivor: Micronesia — Fans vs. Favorites
In Nina's absence (she's having a baby!), here is this week's slightly tardy Q&A with the most recently cast-off Survivor — or in this case, Survivors. Chet Welsh and Jonathan Penner discuss their strategies, their disappointments, and the infections that sent both of them into surgery after their departure from the game. This week, Survivor airs on Wednesday at 8 pm/ET on CBS.
TVGuide.com: Do you feel cheated out of the rest of your Survivor experience?Jonathan: I would like to go back to the island, and get my time back.Chet: I wasn't the strongest player there, but I was hanging in there, and I think people were starting to realize that a vote can help get the right people off. Of course, I would have liked to have lasted longer in the game.
TVGuide.com: How were your recoveries? Jonathan, you had to go to surgery afterward?Jonathan: We both actually had to go to surger
Jeff Probst, Survivor: Micronesia — Fans vs. Favorites
Who would have imagined that Survivor could still surprise us? Yet its 16th edition, Micronesia: Fans vs. Favorites (Thursdays at 8 pm/ET, CBS; see programming note below) — which finds notable former players alongside a group of ardent devotees — has proven refreshingly unpredictable. According to host Jeff Probst, the twists just keep on comin': "Mark my words. There's so much crazy stuff to come — the kind that producers pray to the reality gods for." Here's an exclusive peek at the whiplash headed your way. (Lots of spoilers ahead!)
Jonathan Penner is forced to leave the game — and he's not alone! A nasty gash on his right leg that Jonathan sustained during a challenge in the March 6 episode grows increasingly infected, ultimately forcing the prickly playe
Joel Anderson, Survivor: Micronesia
He may have seemed like a bully and a brute on Survivor: Micronesia — Fans vs. Favorites (Thursdays at 8 pm/ET, CBS), but Joel Anderson comes off as more sweet and sensitive after the fact. The Phoenix firefighter opened up about the newly reconfigured tribes, his problem with Chet, his real motivation for playing so hard and whose game play he found "stupendous."
TVGuide.com: Did you have any idea you were going to be leaving?Joel Anderson: I was slightly blindsided; I had a feeling, but I was fairly secure that we were going to be voting Chet off. About halfway through tribal council, the lightbulb went off. Tracy said a few things about me being a bully and my lack of communication, and the fact that no one else would go, "You're off-base with that" made me realize there were conversations going
What a satisfying episode! There was a tribe mix-up, a brutal challenge, a little hero worship and a blind-sided ouster. I have to say that I am truly enjoying this season. I like that things are not following the frequent pattern of a dominant alliance calling the shots and picking off the lesser alliance one by one. Jeff pulled the old drop your buffs tribe switcheroo. Isnt it interesting how the new Airai and Malakal tribes turned out? The couples alliance was split between the two tribes yet by some strange coincidence each member of the couples ended up with their respective partner. Looking at the breakdown (Airai: Natalie, James, Alexis, Jonathan, Jason, Parvati, Kathy, Eliza. Malakal: Ozzy, Joel, Amanda, Erik, Ami, Tracy, Cirie, Chet) I have give the edge to Malakal. I see a strong alliance forming between Ami, Tracy, Cirie and Chet that could run the rest of the game. Well see.How lucky is Erik to have landed on the same tribe as his idol Ozzy? G...