In tonight's two-hour season finale, the final five castaways (Brett, Jaison, Mick, Natalie, Russell) battle for the right to sit before the jury and explain why they deserve the top $1 million prize. Brett is the sole Galu member left and, therefore, the biggest threat to the four remaining Foa Foa tribemates since the jury is loaded with ousted Galu players. If Brett, who has won the last two immunity challenges, continues his winning ways and makes it to the final vote, he should be a lock to win. Following the finale, all 20 players reunite to learn who won and to discuss their experiences.
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Shannon "Shambo" Waters, Survivor: Samoa
Shannon "Shambo" Waters was known best to Survivor: Samoa fans for her big personality and even bigger hair. While Russell tried to figure out just what she was hiding in her 20-year-old mullet during Thursday's penultimate episode, Shambo was busy coining a new catchphrase — "Shambolicious" — and packing her things in anticipation of her ouster. The 45-year-old former Marine sergeant talked with TVGuide.com about her unwavering loyalty, Russell's "disturbing remarks" and why she was glad to...
SNL Presents: A Very Gilly Christmas
Saturday Night Live Presents: A Very Gilly Christmas
The irreverent late-night show kicks up the Yuletide yuks in this very merry special featuring holiday-themed shticks and skits selected from the show's 35-year history. Alec Baldwin and Steve Martin make appearances, and both are seen in vintage bits — Baldwin in the classic "Delicious Dish and the Schweddy Balls" and Martin in "A Holiday Wish." Headlining the show is standout SNL player Kristen Wiig as her recurring character Gilly, that classroom troublemaker who's essentially Annie from the dark depths of hell.
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Survivor: Samoa Monica Padilla
Love him or hate him, Russell Hantz has been one of the strongest players on Survivor: Samoa all season. Thanks to his aggressive tactics and knack for finding hidden immunity idols, the Texas millionaire seemed poised to coast through to the finale. Unfortunately for Russell, Monica Padilla's final day on the island was also her strongest. Monica not only threatened to sway the jury against Russell, she also put fear into his closest alliances and exited the game with a bang. But with six contestants and two episodes, will it be...
Survivor: Samoa, Dave Ball
At least he saw it coming. After weeks of betrayals and blindsides on Survivor: Samoa, Dave Ball knew early on in last night's episode that his name was being thrown around the campfire (mostly thanks to the Shambo's vision of sending Dave home). However, "Dangerous Dave" had one more trick up his sleeve, in hopes of convincing Jaison to flip against Russell and the rest of Foa Foa. In the end, Jaison didn't flip, Shambo got her way and Dave went home, as he puts it, "like a man." Dave talked with TVGuide.com about trying to flip Jaison, who he regrets not voting off sooner and which of his competitors he think is "unstable, crazy and stupid...
Fringe pulled in its highest ratings since the season premiere, according to early Nielsen estimates.
The supernatural Fox procedural pulled in 6.9 million viewers and climbed in the adults 18-to-49-demo. Its lead-in, Bones (9.9 million viewers) was also way up compared to the last several weeks.
Conversely, FlashForward's final episode before a just-announced long hiatus slipped 8 percent in the demo to a new series low and pulled in 7.3 million viewers. ABC rebounded, however, with a two-hour Private Practice, which averaged 9.5 million viewers and helped ABC tie with CBS to win the night.
CBS was led by...
Survivor: Samoa, John Fincher
In the world of Survivor, it's not about intelligence, strength or good looks, it's about how well you play the game. He may be a rocket scientist, but 25-year-old John Fincher's intelligence and complex strategy still wasn't enough to protect him from his decision to vote out fellow Galu, Laura, and lose his tribe's trust. John talked with TVGuide.com about his decision to turn against Laura and Galu, the Foa Foa member he almost convinced to flip and the many things he would have done differently on the island...
Laura Morett, Survivor: Samoa
You can't say she didn't try. Survivor: Samoa's Laura Morett saved herself from the chopping block multiple times by winning the past two immunity necklaces. Thanks to strong alliances and a tough competitive spirit, she seemed poised to go far in the game. This week, however, the elimination vote tied for the first time — five for Laura and five for Natalie — and made the rare Survivor move of going to the rocks to determine who would go home a very distinct possibility. On the second round of votes, Russell again proved himself one of the most aggressive players this season by convincing former Galu tribe member John to vote for Laura and break the tie. Following a vote that even left host Jeff Probst stunned, TVGuide.com talked with Morett, 39, about why John flipped, her bad blood with Shambo and the alliance you didn't...
Talk about a memorable Survivor tribal council. After losing yet another reward challenge, the remaining four members of Foa Foa looked ripe for the picking. However, while the other team enjoyed their waterfall picnic, Russell used his free time to find another hidden immunity idol... without a single clue! So although most of Galu had it out for Russell at tribal council, all six votes went to waste when Russell pulled out his immunity idol at the last minute, sending Galu member Kelly Sharbaugh home in the process. TVGuide.com asked Kelly, 25, how she really feels about teammate Shambo, who her tribe regretted sending home...
And then there was one as the Galu and Foa Foa tribes merged into the new Aiga tribe on Thursday's Survivor: Samoa. Team members from both sides quickly started hashing out individual alliances but after a majority had agreed to vote Laura out, she won one of two immunity idols and took her name out of the running. As the remaining players scrambled to agree on another person to boot, Erik Cardona quickly...