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‘Survivor: Filippines’ Premiere: A Story to Tell

A real man makes his own luck.

-Zane, Survivor: Philippines 

A few days ago, on the cusp of the premiere of Survivor: Filippines: The Rise of Skupin, we were asked if Survivor as a series (not the Survivor Seriesis still entertaining after twenty-four seasons. “How could it possibly be?” they wondered. But we told this person that the show, against all odds, manages to be fresh and new almost every season, that although the game uses essentially the same format that it started with back in Borneo, each season and its cast members offer something new and different, something that makes the show worth watching. Case and point, in the first episode of our new season, we are blessed with Zane, who once again proves that no matter how long this show goes the players will continue to be stupid. And that, my friend, is why, twelve years later, Survivor is still very much worth watching. 

But, in our normal fashion, before we get to end and Zane’s stupidity, let’s start at the start. And we start with Jeff Probst channelling Bruce Willis in Striking Distance and rolling up in a speedboat, looking as confident and determined as ever, putting to rest any worries that one might have had that he’d be preoccupied with this just premiered daytime talker (and, perhaps, in another post it would worth discussing just how much Probst has meant to Survivor, and how much it owes its success to the man in blue). And we get our first look at the new cast, which in addition to the returning players that we’ve already discussed – Mike “Two Scoops” Skupin, Jonathan Penner, and Russell Swan (who, apparently, came directly from a jazz performance) – includes former Facts of Life star Lisa Whelchel and former Major League Baseball MVP Jeff Kent.

A few hundred words on why we hate Jeff Kent and then the game is afoot…

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In Memorium: Sue Simmons #2 – She’s Our Heroes’ Hero

It’s officially over now.  Sue Simmons signed off NBC 4 New York nightly news for the final time last Friday night, and there wasn’t a dry eye in the studio (or on our face).  However, the night was not without some touching tributes from local personalities who love Sue just as much as we do, including some former and current New York Mets.  It certainly says something about Sue that she inspires such adulation in the people who we ourselves revere.  She’s bigger than New York sports, bigger than Jimmy Fallon, and, now, bigger than NBC News.  Here’s hoping we see her again real soon (please, please take up Terry Collin’s offer).

And for good measure:

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‘Saved by the Bell’ Season 3

Let’s get it on:

12:34pm Season 3, Disc 1, Episode 1″ The Fabulous Belding Boys”


Season 3! 5,000 words on that jerk Jeff, Scott Wolf, Marxism, the sex trade, the Cold War and Kevin Costner!

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