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Stephen Fishbach's Survivor Blog: Tony Spins a Web of Lies

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Stephen Fishbach's Survivor Blog: Tony Spins a Web of Lies

Originally posted 03/06/2014 12:00PM

Stephen Fishbach was the runner-up on Survivor: Tocantins and has been blogging about Survivor strategy for PEOPLE since 2009. Follow him on Twitter @stephenfishbach. Erik Reichenbach is a Survivor fan-turned-favorite, a comic book author and artist. He placed fifth on both Survivor: Micronesia and Survivor: Caramoan. Follow him on Twitter @BloodyAmer1can.

"Everybody here is sleeping, napping, complaining, and bitching. I came here focused. I came here knowing I was gonna suffer."
– Russell Hantz, Survivor: Samoa

In the immortal words of Eric Clapton, "Let it rain."

This week on Survivor: Cagayan, the elements stole the thunder. Rainstorms are horrible news for Survivor's waterlogged contestants. They rip through the shelter, and leave players chilled to the bone. There's a reason modern homebuilders don't often work with palm fronds and bamboo.

For those of us sitting on our couches and binging on kale chips, however, downpours bring the drama. Tempests in the sky means tempers flare at camp. And who doesn't love those montages of the players' puckered feet?

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Survivor's David Samson: The Show Is 'As Real as It Gets' | Survivor

UpdatePosted 03/04/2014 07:30AM

Survivor's David Samson: The Show Is 'As Real as It Gets'

Originally posted 03/03/2014 02:10PM

In every season of Survivor, someone has to be the first to go. Sometimes it's because they're weak; other times because they're abrasive. David Samson, the 45-year-old president of the Miami Marlins, was chosen as the leader of his tribe, and unceremoniously booted from Survivor: Cagayan after three days.

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Stephen Fishbach's Survivor Blog: Beauty and Brawn Beat Out Brains

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Stephen Fishbach's Survivor Blog: Beauty and Brawn Beat Out Brains

Originally posted 02/27/2014 11:10AM

Stephen Fishbach was the runner-up on Survivor: Tocantins and has been blogging about Survivor strategy for PEOPLE since 2009. Follow him on Twitter @stephenfishbach. Erik Reichenbach is a Survivor fan-turned-favorite, a comic book author and artist. He placed fifth on both Survivor: Micronesia and Survivor: Caramoan. Follow him on Twitter @BloodyAmer1can.

"There is a difference between book smarts and common sense smarts. It seems like none of my group has any common sense. Not a one of them."
– Russell Hantz, Survivor: Samoa

Is the Brains tribe the worst tribe ever?

These ersatz eggheads don't just lose challenges. They lose challenges spectacularly in jaw-dropping fiascos. They don't just make a bad shelter. They spend all day building a structure that can't support a single person. They don't just play Survivor badly. They set a new benchmark in how not to play the game.

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Jeff Probst: 'Lines Are Blurred' with Survivor's Beauty, Brains & Brawn | Jeff Probst

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UpdatePosted 02/26/2014 08:00PM

Survivor's Jeff Probst Talks Beauty, Brains and Brawn

Originally posted 02/26/2014 02:25PM

The familiarity of Survivor has always been reassuring. The immunity challenges. The tribal councils. Jeff Probst's cargo shirts.

But Probst and his fellow producers like to mix it up – sometimes with better results than others. After the success of Survivor: Blood vs. Water, they had to come up with another twist to keep viewers engaged. For Survivor: Cagayan, which premieres on Wednesday (8 p.m. ET) on CBS, they decided to split the 18 contestants into three tribes: Beauty, Brains and Brawn.

Probst tells PEOPLE that the twist worked beautifully. He breaks down what we can expect – and which tribe he'd rather be on.

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Filed Under: Survivor, Jeff Probst
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Stephen Fishbach Ranks Beauty, Brains, Brawn Teams on Survivor: Cagayan

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UpdatePosted 02/26/2014 07:00PM

Stephen Fishbach's Survivor Blog: Ranking the Teams on Survivor: Cagayan

Originally posted 02/26/2014 02:45PM

Stephen Fishbach was the runner-up on Survivor: Tocantins and has been blogging about Survivor strategy for PEOPLE since 2009. Follow him on Twitter @stephenfishbach. Erik Reichenbach is a Survivor fan-turned-favorite, a comic book author and artist. He placed fifth on both Survivor: Micronesia and Survivor: Caramoan. Follow him on Twitter @BloodyAmer1can.

"This is like the cool kids lunch table back in high school."
– Eddie Fox, Survivor: Caramoan

Survivor is like high school. The jocks ostracize the nerds. The hotties coast on big boobs and winning smiles. Cliques form quickly. If you don't maintain your finger on the pulse of what's "in," you could be "out," and voted "off."

Starting Wednesday on Survivor: Cagayan, these high school factions will fight for island dominance in tribes of Brains, Brawn and Beauty. Usually the cliques face off within a tribe. Now they'll fight as tribes.

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Julianne's Major Haircut, Mariah's Even More Major Hotness & More from the Weekend

What You Missed Over The Weekend

Julianne Hough's Major Haircut, Mariah Carey's Hotness & More Weekend News

Originally posted 02/09/2014 10:00PM

Valentine's Day is just days away, so it's okay if you were picking up a last-minute gift for a special someone instead of, say, ogling a photo of Mariah Carey.

So let the belated ogling commence – here's what you missed this weekend:

5. And the Newest Member of the Hollywood Pixie Club Is ...

In our dreams, the likes of Jennifer Lawrence and Pamela Anderson held a top-secret ceremony to inaugurate their latest hair twin: Julianne Hough! Hough, who's known to experiment with extensions, showed off her chop when she stepped out in Beverly Hills on Saturday. Check out her new look!

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Caleb Bankston Explains His Relationship with Survivor Villain Colton Cumbie

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Caleb Bankston Explains His Relationship with Survivor Villain Colton Cumbie

Originally posted 12/08/2013 03:35PM

Colton Cumbie is one of the most infamous Survivor contestants in recent history but it was his fiancé Caleb Bankston who outwitted, outlasted and outplayed longer than his returning loved one.

After Cumbie, 22, chose to quit the CBS reality competition for the second time earlier this season, Bankston, 26, was left to fend for himself on Survivor: Blood vs. Water until he was eliminated last Wednesday.

But while most contestants are interrogated by host Jeff Probst about their gameplay after being eliminated, Probst was more interested in how Bankston could be in a relationship with a Cumbie, who received death threats because of his actions during his first season on the show.

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Filed Under: Survivor, Jeff Probst
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Inside Survivor Winner Todd Herzog's Frightening Battle with Alcoholism

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Todd Herzog, Survivor Winner, Battling Alcoholism

Originally posted 11/15/2013 07:00AM

The video is horrifying: Survivor: China winner Todd Herzog, unable to walk, slurs his words as he admits to drinking an entire bottle of vodka. The footage, which will air on Dr. Phil on Monday in a show about Herzog's difficult battle with alcoholism, shocked Survivor fans across the web.

Several of Herzog's closest friends and relatives talked to PEOPLE about his struggle – not for publicity, they say, but to raise awareness of the complicated issue of alcoholism. "We have received so many messages from people who are battling the same issues as he is," says his mother, Shirley Herzog Keeler. "And Todd said that if his story can help one person get the help they need, he's ready to go public with it."

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Little Photo Shows Big Love, Survivor Star Gets Engaged & More from the Weekend

What You Missed Over The Weekend

UpdatePosted 11/11/2013 07:15AM

The Little Couple Show Off Their Adorable Son, Aras Baskauskas Gets Engaged

Originally posted 11/10/2013 08:00PM

It's dark out already?

If you were too busy making the best of what's left after daylight savings time, here's what you missed this weekend:

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Survivor's Aras Baskauskas is Engaged! See the Ring

Survivor's Aras Baskauskas Is Engaged to Girlfriend Christy Petersen

Originally posted 11/10/2013 02:20PM

Aras Baskauskas may have been sent to Redemption Island on last week's episode of Survivor, but things are certainly looking up in his personal life.

During an romantic sunset on the beach, Baskauskas surprised his girlfriend of four years, Christy Petersen, with an engagement ring.

Petersen, a model and clothing designer, had just finished a photo shoot on Saturday afternoon in Big Sur for her women's line, DAWN. At the end of the shoot, she and Baskauskas, 32, sat on a rocky outcrop to watch the sun set into the Pacific Ocean. As dusk fell, Baskauskas dropped on one knee and proposed, presenting her with a handmade ring by jewelry designer Jessica Seaton. The ring, set in rose gold, sports a sliced diamond surrounded by smaller diamonds.

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