Survivor: Nicaragua

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Survivor: Nicaragua Recap: "Not Sure Where I Stand"

Now that this season's most disgraceful players have quit the game, it's time for the final seven castaways to shift their strategizing into high gear and secure themselves a shot at that million dollar grand prize. Two clear-cut alliances have formed: Dan, Benry and Fabio (all Marty's leftover allies) and Chase, Jane and Holly. Sash is suddenly the wild card and swing vote, but his indecision and generally untrustworthy personality makes it hard for either alliance to commit to him. Sash even admits to Fabio, Benry and Chase that he is going to play his hidden immunity idol at the next Tribal Council to clear the air and not be seen as a threat. Sash also strikes a deal with Chase that if he wins the next reward challenge, he will take both Holly and Sash along with him.

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Survivor’s Benry on His Big Blindside: I Thought I Had Chase in My Back Pocket

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With dominant, reality TV-friendly personalities NaOnka Mixon, Holly Hoffman and Jane Bright — oh, and the (faux?) cluelessness of Fabio Birza — on the screen, Ben "Benry" Henry flew under the radar for the first half of Survivor: Nicaragua. But as soon as his impressive physical skills in challenges became a threat to the equally strong Chase Rice, Benry was blindsided by Chase and his alliance faster than you can say "hidden immunity idol." The 24-year-old club promoter talked with TVGuide.com about how his competitive nature did him in, why he thought he had Chase in his "back pocket" — and last week's quitters... read more

Ratings: Fans of Criminal Minds Act Alike

Criminal Minds

Fans of Criminal Minds were of one mind Wednesday night, leading CBS to a sweep in the 18-to-49 demographic.

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Tonight's TV Hot List: Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2010

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Only seven castaways remain after last week's shocking tribal council where NaOnka and Purple Kelly quit the game, due to fatigue. Their voluntary exits put Sash in trouble, since he was in an alliance with both of them. Arguably, it's a plus for everyone else, except maybe for Dan, whose only chance of winning, presumably, was to go up against them in the finals. Tonight, it's a whole new game with sights set on new targets. It promises to be the beginning of a wild finish to the season. — Tim Holland

Read on for previews of The Middle, Human Target, Fashion Forward: Making It, MythBusters, College Basketball and Top Chef. read more

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 Rant: Should Quitters Get to Vote for the Winner?

Jeff Probst

It was the most shocking move on Survivor: Nicaragua yet. Following a devastating camp fire and days of torrential rain, two of the show's final nine castaways quit the game.

Both quitters, NaOnka Mixon and "Purple" Kelly Shinn, most likely had little shot of winning the million dollars. The former, after having battled a disabled contestant and thrown her closest friend under the bus to stay in the game, was the season's biggest villain. Purple Kelly, meanwhile, was too easy to manipulate to earn anyone's vote.

There's just one problem: These two women will still be allowed to... read more

Survivor: Nicaragua Episode Recap: "You Started, You're Finishing"

It's quittin' time on this week's Survivor, with not one but two castaways threatening to walk early in the episode. We finally find out what Purple Kelly has been up to in the past 28 days — apparently hiding from the elements and complaining about the rain and cold. Upon the return from the last Tribal Council, she is also discouraged to find out her entire alliance turned and voted for Brenda, leaving her in the dark. She must be too busy crying in her confessionals to strategize with her alliance!

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Matt's TV Week in Review

Gwyneth Paltrow

From the you-can't-make-these-things-up department: So there's a guy in Wisconsin who shot his TV after getting all riled up watching Bristol "The Dancing Dead" Palin on Dancing With the Stars this week. And that's before she made the finals, booting a visibly distraught (and much more talented) Brandy. Before you start going "I know how he feels," a moment of silence for the poor TV. Why do the innocent always have to suffer?... read more

Top Moments: Hawaii Five-0's Molotov Cocktail Party, Dancing's Bulletproof Bristol

Alex O'Loughlin and Bristol Palin

Here are our top TV moments of the week:

12. "Oh No She Di'nt" Award: Laguerta knew she was in some deep doo-doo after her last sting operation on Dexter resulted in the death of civilians. But rather than nut up and take responsibility for her actions, she suggests to Deb that they pin the blame on Manzone because her career would be least affected. Deb isn't having it, so Laguerta decides to throw Deb under the bus and get Manzone to back her story to the chief.

11. Most Engaging Day: After sleeping through their start time... read more

Survivor's Brenda on Her Sweet Friendship with NaOnka and Why She Refused to Scramble

Survivor: Nicaragua

From the start of Survivor: Nicaragua, Brenda Lowe seemed to have it all: tight alliances, great physical prowess and a talent for manipulative mind games. But after she showed her true power over the tribe in last week's vote, the target moved to Brenda's back and ally NaOnka Mixon jumped ship to save herself. "She was my main alliance," Lowe told TVGuide.com of her former partner-in-crime. "I trusted her 1,000 percent." The 27-year-old business owner talked with TVGuide.com about NaOnka's sweet side (apparently she has one!), the truth about her relationship with Chase Rice, and why Jeff Probst got to her at... read more

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Premiered: September 15, 2010, on CBS
Rating: TV-PG
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Premise: Twenty castaways, divided into two tribes of younger and older players, compete in Nicaragua for a $1 million top prize.

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