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A Geezer-Fest!!

I am – Hercules!! The big news out of CBS’ TCA event today is the next edition of “Survivor” will be literally swimming with oldsters. Ten of the contestants will be under 30 (per “Survivor” tradition) and form one tribe. The other 10 contestants will be over 40 and form the other tribe. This is almost certainly the first time a single season of “Survivor” has had so many over-40 contestants, but the old vs. young conceit is a bit of recycle. I seem to recall a few seasons ago the contestants being divided up into four tribes: younger men, younger women, older men and older women. (I also have a vague recollection of thirtysomething Cirie Fields being plenty peeved about being lumped in with the elders. Jimmy Johnson, 67, who coached the Dallas Cowboys to Super Bowl victories in 1992 and 1993, will be among those running the obstacle courses this year, according to a Dallas Morning News report published last week. The oldest “Survivor” contestant of the series’ first decade was season-one Navy vet Rudy Boesch. He competed twice, at ages 72 and 76. The next season launches Wednesday, September 15, the same night CBS broadcasts the 2-hour season finale of “Big Brother 12.”
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  • July 28, 2010, 5:30 a.m. CST

    Community and Modern Family come out the same day?

    by DiscoGodfather

    Isn't it someone's job to prevent things like this from happening?

  • July 28, 2010, 10:37 a.m. CST

    I think that's the first time a DVD cover has

    by jim

    made me laugh (with it, not at it). Abed signing "Stay gold Pony Boy" is all kinds of awesome.

  • July 28, 2010, 11:20 a.m. CST

    SPACE:1999 Season 1 Blu-ray November 2

    by The Outlander

    AICN devoted an entire article to it in the movie section. I the TV section ZIP!

  • July 28, 2010, 4:11 p.m. CST

    Survior jumped the shark last year

    by RPLocke

    With Russel LOSING two back to back Survivors does anyone care anymore?

  • July 28, 2010, 4:39 p.m. CST

    Survivor is officially a popularity contest

    by mongo126

    Where the winner is picked by a bunch of whiny pussies who are mad that they got Outplayed, Outwitted, and Outlasted and vote for the person who didn't do shit to get there.

  • July 28, 2010, 4:52 p.m. CST

    Is Russell back? No?

    by FlandersBum

    He should be. Just have Russell involved in every season from here on out. It won't be the same otherwise.

  • July 28, 2010, 5:02 p.m. CST

    Russell losing made me sad

    by Kraven Morehead

    I can understand hating him but at the same time i don't think i could have stomached voting for someone who had no hand in beating me at all. That was the case the first time around and the second time I thought Parvarti may have deserved to win because her game was much like his but with a bit more finesse. With that said, he deserved to win both times. I would like to see him host the show if Jeff ever leaves. With that said, I'll watch this season but the last two have burned me a little.

  • July 28, 2010, 5:02 p.m. CST

    Russell losing made me sad

    by Kraven Morehead

    I can understand hating him but at the same time i don't think i could have stomached voting for someone who had no hand in beating me at all. That was the case the first time around and the second time I thought Parvarti may have deserved to win because her game was much like his but with a bit more finesse. With that said, he deserved to win both times. I would like to see him host the show if Jeff ever leaves. With that said, I'll watch this season but the last two have burned me a little.

  • July 28, 2010, 5:49 p.m. CST

    Who says old people can't "Survive?"

    by GeorgieBoy

    I wouldn't be surprised if one of the geezers wins this one (and then I'll be laughing at all the vapid under 30's they toss into this season.)

  • July 28, 2010, 5:51 p.m. CST

    Be careful with Jimmy.

    by borisF

    He is fully pumped on erection pills he is selling.

  • July 28, 2010, 6:06 p.m. CST

    by MikeTheSpike

    One of the reasons I haven't watched this show since Australia is that there are no old geezers (although I guess Rudy spoiled me for that). This is a positive development. It should also up the cougar quotient nicely.<p> Now, if they can just set one *not* in the South Pacific for once, that would also be good. I'm thinking... somewhere in Canada.

  • July 28, 2010, 6:10 p.m. CST

    True Blood.

    by Kontarsky

    Nothing else matters.

  • July 28, 2010, 6:17 p.m. CST

    looking forward

    by Dollar Bird

    to a Russell-less season. I need new drama. Also, this may be the best season to implement the survive in not tropics twist, as half of the people will not be foxy honeys. Of course, they'll never do that, because who wants to deal with frostbite and lack of cameltoe? (this is officially my most pathetic post, and on my birthday, too. I'm so ... ugh.)

  • July 28, 2010, 6:23 p.m. CST

    Next season will be Man vs Glee watchers

    by BoRock_A_Boomer

    Should be good

  • July 28, 2010, 6:29 p.m. CST

    Bring back Rudy!

    by Tall_Boy66

    One of my vividest memories of Season 1 Survivor was that final challenge when all they had to do was hold onto a bar for hours (Hatch just up and bailed on the challenge, leaving it to the young chick and Rudy, which was pretty ace of him). Rudy lets go, he gets eliminated. At tribal council all he says is, "I just wanted to say I feel like an idiot for letting go of the pole." That rocked.

  • July 28, 2010, 7:10 p.m. CST

    Why do people watch this?

    by crankyoldguy

  • July 28, 2010, 7:11 p.m. CST

    Survivor USED to be cool

    by RPLocke

    Now it's all who can scam who and who has the hidden idol.

  • July 28, 2010, 7:54 p.m. CST

    Yeah. Bring back Rudy!

    by BurnedNotice_Dude

  • July 28, 2010, 8:38 p.m. CST

    Last season was the best yet!

    by Thorntree

    It jumped the shark several seasons ago, but came back and redeemed itself with Mr. Russell Hantz

  • July 28, 2010, 9:01 p.m. CST

    Let me know when Russell is back....

    by TaisonX

    Until then I don't really care about Survivor.

  • July 28, 2010, 9:21 p.m. CST

    Jumped the shark? Used to be cool?

    by Jaka

    Last season was hugely successful and generally loved by long-time fans.

  • July 28, 2010, 9:27 p.m. CST

    What's with my comments from the DVD thread

    by jim

    popping up here? In fact, the first 3 comments here were originally posted there. Very strange.<p> Fareal, I suspect the merge of tribes by the third episode of that season was planned from the start. I think for legal reasons they can't make changes to the game on the fly (save for "no vote tonight" due to a player being taken out of the game due to injury or not being able to pooh). I'd guess that the pre-game ruling made was that once one tribe lost 2 members (leaving only 2 to compete) they would merge the 4 tribes into 2. Just so happens one tribe lost 2 members right off the bat.

  • July 28, 2010, 11:20 p.m. CST

    Its not "Survivor," its "Junior High Politics"

    by WickedJacob

    The tropical background just distracts everyone from the truth that this is more about who gets to sit at which lunch table than anything to do with surviving in the jungle.

  • July 29, 2010, 12:09 a.m. CST

    of course survivor has nothing to do w/ survival

    by natecore

    its a game show, its about winning a game and as the show has progressed the storytellers and editors have created a finely tuned piece of perfection that manipulates me every time. It'll forever be my favorite show as long as its on tv and if anybody missed last 2 seasons then you've missed one of the best characters in the history of television, Russell Hantz.

  • July 29, 2010, 12:30 a.m. CST

    Screw Russell. He ultimately played poorly.

    by Adelai Niska

    From the beginning this show has ad that same jury system. If Russell was such a pro he would've known to play the game so the jury could stand to see him win. Plus all his "magic" idol finds stunk of producer involvement. Nobody gets that lucky unless they either saw the idols being hidden or got tipped off.

  • July 29, 2010, 1:32 a.m. CST

    Russell belonged on Big Brother where he could stand to win bett

    by Stormwatcher

    He perfected coming in No. 2 when people vote on emotion. Guy knew how to work it though, credit due.

  • July 29, 2010, 5:19 a.m. CST

    Russell made Survivor cool again

    by FlandersBum

    Watch the ratings drop big time without him.

  • July 29, 2010, 9:33 a.m. CST

    Next season on Survivor!!

    by skimn

    Its Paraplegics VS The Blind !!! Thursdays CBS...

  • July 29, 2010, 9:43 a.m. CST

    It's sad to see AICN covering "reality" game shows

    by Mazzer this. Definitely not cool news.

  • July 29, 2010, 9:55 a.m. CST

    Mazzer...just wait

    by skimn

    til Quint gives us the contestants of the next Celebrity Apprentice.

  • July 29, 2010, 1:31 p.m. CST

    I'm going to miss Amanda's lucious sweet ass

    by Itchy

    And the lingering camel toe pics that we got nearly every episode last season. God, how I looked forward to Thursday night.

  • July 29, 2010, 3:38 p.m. CST

    I hate almost all reality programming, but

    by Rand92

    Rudy was the only reason to have ever watched this series. That guy made nearly everyone look bad. If he had won season 1, I might have actually watched. As it is, I am proud to say that I have never seen an entire episode of Survivor or any popular reality show. They appeal mostly to the lowest common denominator of tv viewers. I better be careful though, I am starting to sound like the elitist uber left people on here.

  • July 29, 2010, 4:58 p.m. CST


    by RPLocke

    Amanda? She cried at everything! How did she even get be on Survivor?

  • July 29, 2010, 6:09 p.m. CST

    Why does aicn cover this?

    by Dark_Equalizer

    It's a mystery why this program is even mentioned on this site.

  • July 29, 2010, 7:43 p.m. CST

    How did Amanda get on survivor ?

    by Itchy

    She got to be on Survivor because she's a fantastic piece of ass. Same way Parvati made it on. She got to the finals twice before ... that's pretty impressive.

  • July 29, 2010, 8:10 p.m. CST

    Im predicting the return of Terry, the ex Navy dude.

    by AnotherBoredDude

    There was a rumor that Probst wanted him back for the last season and even fought with the casting directors about it. He was on the 'old men tribe' in his first season.

  • July 29, 2010, 8:36 p.m. CST

    "Amanda?... How did she even get be on Survivor?"

    by jim

    This might have had something to do with it: <p> <p><br>This too (could also put it "these two): <p>

  • July 29, 2010, 9:39 p.m. CST

    I see what they're doing here...

    by King Psyz


  • July 29, 2010, 9:44 p.m. CST

    parv was hotter than Amanda

    by RPLocke

    I still say Parv is the hottest Survivor player ever.

  • July 29, 2010, 11:57 p.m. CST


    by Hercules

    You're wrong. But I could talk about whether Amanda was hotter than Parvati all day.

  • July 30, 2010, 8:56 a.m. CST

    RP Locke

    by jtp8000

    I could argue with you all day about it also. The cameltoe shots of Amanda will linger on in my Tivo unless my wife finds them. And let's not forget Stephenie when it comes to Survivor hotness. Shame we never got a a goood cameltoe shot of her

  • July 30, 2010, 9:48 a.m. CST

    Speaking of who is hottest

    by jim

    anyone else see this list from Maxim, The (supposedly) 20 hottest Survivors? <p> <p> Gotta think either Maxim's only seen select episodes of the show or has a rather different definition of "hot" than I do. A Top 20 list of Survivor's hottest women that doesn't include either Amanda or Ami has no merit.<p>Say what you want about Eric the Ice Cream Scooper. Sure, he has the distinction of being, arguably, the dumbest player ever for giving away his immunity. But he had a front row seat to Ami & Amanda's topless shower together. No amount of ridicule or infamy will ever be able to take that away from him, so he's got that going for him, which is nice.

  • July 30, 2010, 3:28 p.m. CST

    I wanna see "Survivor: Isla Sorna"

    by Royston Lodge

    'nuff said.

  • Aug. 1, 2010, 2:19 a.m. CST

    Stephanie was hot. Ooh those muscles.

    by RPLocke

    But Parv had nice devilish side to her that made her hot. I also think Jerri is one of the hottest ever.

  • Aug. 1, 2010, 12:45 p.m. CST


    by thedrudo

    Parv was trashy.

  • Aug. 4, 2010, 12:32 a.m. CST

    It was Palau

    by Himbo

    The season on Palau yielded a tribe division of the oldsters vs the youngsters. The kids got their asses handed to them regularly by the old guys who basically decided: "It's too hot to fight. Let's listen to Tom." They ruled.