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Who Will Win Survivor: San Juan Del Sur? | Jeff Probst

Jeff Probst Talks Survivor: San Juan Del Sur

Originally posted 12/17/2014 10:00AM

There are good seasons of Survivor, and there are seasons that just never get off the ground. Survivor: San Juan Del Sur looked like it would be the latter, until a run of solid episodes near the end redeemed it.

After the first Blood Vs. Water was a critical and ratings success in 2013, the show returned to the same format this season – only to find that lightning hadn't struck twice.

Even Jeff Probst, Survivor's biggest cheerleader, acknowledges the struggle of San Juan Del Sur. "We came off of four fantastic seasons in a row: Philippines, Caramoan, the first Blood vs. Water and Cagayan, he says. "So this one just feels different, because it follows such great seasons. But it got a lot better as it went along."

But even middling seasons of Survivor can be fascinating, and the long-running CBS series remains the gold standard for competition reality shows. Here, Probst, 53, tells PEOPLE what went wrong with this season – and what went right.

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Which Original Cast Member Is Leaving CSI?


Which Original Cast Member Is Leaving CSI?

Originally posted 11/25/2014 08:35AM

George Eads – one of the last remaining members of CSI's original ensemble – will leave the CBS drama at season's end.

TV Guide reports that Eads's decision to leave the show that made him a household name was an amicable one. His departure from playing Nick Stokes will apparently be tied to the ongoing Gig Harbor Killer case.

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Guess Which Returning Comedy Just Got Canceled?

CBS Yanks The Millers During Its Second Season

Originally posted 11/14/2014 11:25PM

Looks like that decision to add Sean Hayes didn't work out so well.

CBS has decided to put the kibosh on more episodes of The Millers, a family sitcom that starred Will Arnett as a divorced news guy with a pair of nutty parents, played by Margo Martindale and Beau Bridges.

The comedy has hobbled along on Mondays despite the addition of Hayes, the star of last year's failed sitcom Sean Saves the World. An original episode of the comedy will run Monday, but it seems unlikely the network will air what's left in the can.

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Ariana Grande's Brother Frankie: I Fell in Love on Big Brother

Ariana Grande's Brother Frankie: I Fell in Love on Big Brother

Originally posted 09/25/2014 08:50PM

He may not have won the $500,000 prize, but Ariana Grande's brother Frankie was a force to be reckoned with in the Big Brother house this summer.

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Meet Craig Ferguson's New Replacement in Late Night

James Corden Officially Announced to Replace Craig Ferguson on Late Late Show

Originally posted 09/08/2014 11:05AM

CBS will rely on another European to keep up the laughs in late night.

British actor-comedian James Corden, 36, will take over as the new host of The Late Late Show in 2015, replacing the Scotland-born Craig Ferguson, who announced in April that he'll step down from the late-night show that he's hosted for the past 10 years.

Ferguson's final broadcast will be in December.

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Brawn & Beauty: Meet the New Cast of Survivor

Meet the New Cast of Survivor: San Juan Del Sur

Originally posted 08/27/2014 12:00PM

What happens when you put a controversial baseball player, a Broadway star and a pair of outspoken twins on an island? You get the cast of Survivor: San Juan Del Sur.

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Which Big Brother Couple Will Compete on The Amazing Race – Again?

Rachel Reilly and Brendon Villegas Will Compete on The Amazing Race – Again

Originally posted 01/27/2014 12:00PM

Will the second time again be the charm for Rachel Reilly?

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Angela Lansbury Calls Murder, She Wrote Reboot a 'Mistake'

Angela Lansbury Calls Murder, She Wrote Reboot a 'Mistake'

Originally posted 11/11/2013 10:00AM

Angela Lansbury says "it's a mistake" for NBC to call a new show Murder, She Wrote.

The 88-year-old actress said she's a fan of Octavia Spencer, who is set to star in a rebooted version of the hit TV show, saying, "I wish her well, but I wish it wasn't in Murder, She Wrote."

Speaking to the Associated Press about the honorary Academy Award she'll accept in Los Angeles later this week, Lansbury said Sunday Murder, She Wrote was "the greatest doorway to the world" because of the international popularity of lead character Jessica Fletcher.

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Halle Berry to Star in TV Series Next Summer | Halle Berry

Halle Berry to Star in TV Series Next Summer

Originally posted 10/05/2013 06:30AM

Halle Berry isn't only expecting a baby with new husband Olivier Martinez at any moment now, but CBS says the Oscar winner will star in a serialized drama coming to the network next summer.

Berry, 47, will headline Extant, a 13-episode thriller. Berry will play an astronaut trying to reconnect with her family when she returns after a year in outer space. Her experiences lead to events that change the course of history.

The series is being made in partnership with Steven Spielberg's Amblin Television, which made last summer's surprise hit for CBS, Under the Dome.

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How Rebecca Romijn Prepped Jerry O'Connell to Wear Speedos

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Jerry O'Connell Got Rebecca Romijn's Advice for Wearing Speedos on His New Show

Originally posted 07/30/2013 02:30PM

Jerry O'Connell says he got "a little bit of a surprise" when he arrived on the set of his new sitcom, We Are Men, and took a look at his wardrobe – a collection of Speedos.

"It is probably the most nerve-wracking job for me to put those on every morning," O'Connell, 39, said at the 2013 CBS Summer TCA Press Tour, admitting that it's a turnaround from being known "as the fat kid from Stand By Me."

But the actor, whose show debuts Sept. 30 on CBS, says putting on the skimpy swimwear "is something that I have embraced. I have joined a gym. I have started drinking light beer. It is just something I am going to have to deal with in this role."

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