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Survivor: Nicaragua Winner Revealed

Survivor: Nicaragua

Spoiler Alert: The following reveals the winner of Sunday night's Survivor: Nicaragua finale.

After 39 days of sparse food and bad weather, Survivor: Nicaragua came down to the final five competitors. In a season that started out with old versus young, older players Dan Lembo and Holly Hoffman remained against Chase Rice, Matthew "Sash" Lenahan and Jud "Fabio" Birza.

The first player voted out during the two-hour finale was... read more

Tonight's TV Hot List: Sunday, Dec. 19, 2010

Survivor

Survivor: Nicaragua
8/7c CBS
Tonight's two-hour season finale promises lots of emotional fireworks as the five remaining castaways (Chase, Dan, Fabio, Holly, Sash) are cut down to the three players who will face the jury. But who will they be? Chase, Holly and Sash are in an alliance, which means Fabio needs to win the next two immunity challenges or he's jury bound. As for Dan, he needs to convince one or two of the alliance partners that they would be crazy not to take him to the finals because, frankly, no one is likely to vote for him since he coasted through the game and was never a threat to win anything. Following the season finale, the winner is revealed on the Survivor reunion special as the 20 castaways gather in Los Angeles to discuss the game. — Tim Holland

Read on for previews of Hunger at Home: The Food Crisis in America, Sunday Night Football, Leverage, Robot Chicken: Star Wars Episode III and BET 30: Moments and Movements. read more

Matt's TV Week in Review

Big Bang Theory

As we approach the holidays, with the TV year winding down (if only briefly), it's typically the time to look back — and so it is with a flurry of awards nominations and best-of-year lists raining down.

My own top-10 (and then some) list of shows and networks that made 2010 memorable can be found here. I also had the honor once again to participate on the American Film Institute's TV jury to select a list of 10 top programs of the year. You can do your own comparison to see how these lists differ. The one show that took me by surprise on the AFI list is The Big C. Great performance by Laura Linney, iffy show. And if we must honor an NBC comedy, why not go with an on-the-rise upstart like Community instead of the tired... read more

Survivor's Jane on Her "Crushing Blow" and How Her Age Held Her Back

Jane Bright

Thanks to her candid nature, surprisingly tough physical presence and resourcefulness (she started a fire with reading glasses), Jane Bright gave Survivor: Nicaragua's older tribe a fighting chance. Those attributes combined with personal tragedy (she lost her husband to cancer in 2009) made her a huge threat to her competition as someone the jury would surely vote for to win the million dollars. However, Jane learned she was a big threat a little too late and was booted from the game in the penultimate episode. The 56-year-old dog trainer spoke with TVGuide.com about why she was so disappointed in Chase Rice, what kept her from aligning with Fabio Birza and why she thinks she wouldn't have the $1,000,000 prize. (Hint: It's a... read more

Top Moments: Sarah Palin's Unhappy Camper and a Few of Barney Stinson's Favorite Things

Sarah Palin, Kate Gosselin

Our top TV moments of the week:

11. Worst Delivery: During the announcement of the Screen Actors Guild Awards nominations, Rizzoli & Isles star Angie Harmon jokes that there's a name missing from the list of TV drama actress contenders: hers. "I'm confident Angie Harmon is in there for Rizzoli & Isles," she says. "I said it," co-announcer Rosario Dawson says, playing along. "Yeah, that's totally fine. It's fine," Harmon says. Crickets.

10. Most Feel-Good Moment: Just when The Sing-Off's Jerry Lawson and the Talk of the Town put on their... read more

Ratings: The Sing-Off Keeps Up Its Solid Run

Nick Lachey

The Sing-Off  kept up its solid ratings performance Wednesday, placing a strong second to its CBS competition, the penultimate episode of Survivor: Nicaragua and a new episode of Criminal Minds.

Survivor scored a 3.5 rating in the adults 18-to-49 demographic and 12.8 million viewers, followed by Minds at 9, which posted a 3.2 and 13.8 million. But the two-hour... read more

Watercooler: Family Comes First on Survivor

Survivor: Nicaragua

If the family visits on last night's Survivor didn't wreck you, you may actually be dead inside.

Rounding up the loved ones of our remaining players, Jeff reunited Chase, Sash and Fabio with their moms, Dan with his son, Jane and her daughter, and Holly with her husband. Tears, hugs, a guttural meltdown by Dan. It was all there, like a Hallmark commercial with really smelly people and the vague odor of avarice. And while some may say "please, they've only been away from home for a month," imagine how out-of-whack their emotions must be after ... read more

Survivor: Nicaragua Episode Recap: "This is Going to Hurt"

The family reunion episodes of Survivor are always my personal favorite, and this week's did not disappoint as the final six castaways received video messages — and visits — from their loved ones. Before the reward challenge, Chase once again made a promise to a fellow player — this time it was Fabio — saying that if either of them won the challenge, they would take the other so they could spend time with their moms. The waterworks are in full force as the castaways reunited with their family members before the challenge. Fabio, Chase and Sash are thrilled to see their moms, while Dan and Jane receive visits from their children and Holly reunites with her husband.

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Matt's Weekend Picks: December 17-19

Ricky Gervais

Christmas in Washington (Friday, 8/7c, TNT)

It's the most wonderful time of the year — for musical holiday specials, at the very least. Mariah Carey, who kicked the TV week off with an ABC Christmas special on Monday, is part of the all-star lineup of this concert extravaganza, taped last weekend at the gorgeous National Building Museum in Washington, D.C. Ellen DeGeneres hosts, and joining Carey onstage are ... read more

Tonight's TV Hot List: Wednesday, Dec. 15, 2010

Psych

Psych
9/8c USA
USA gives Psych fans an early present tonight with back-to-back episodes. First up is a take on It's a Wonderful Life in which Shawn, reeling from bumbling a big case, dreams about what life in Santa Barbara would be like if he had never returned. Next, Shawn becomes an advocate for a zoo polar bear though to have killed its trainer. — Brie Hearn

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Read on for previews of Survivor: Nicaragua, Christmas with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir Featuring Natalie Cole and David McCullough, MythBusters, Classic MLB Baseball, Hell's Kitchen and The Defenders. read more

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