02:32 AM EDT 08/14/2014
Originally posted 05/21/2014 02:15PM
For a show in its 28th season, Survivor has proven itself to be shockingly resilient.
The newest installment, Survivor: Cagayan has been one of the most engrossing seasons in years – and the viewers have noticed. Ratings have spiked, and the show regularly beats American Idol in its time slot.
But it all comes to an end on Wednesday night when the show crowns its latest winner. Unlike previous seasons, each member of the final four could make an argument to win the game.
Originally posted 03/10/2014 07:30AM
When the Beauty tribe lost the immunity challenge on day 8 of Survivor: Cagayan, Brice Johnston knew he was likely to be voted out.
Although he tried to sway two other contestants to his side, he believed that they ultimately felt too threatened to join forces with him.
After splitting the vote, the other contestants voted for him in a tiebreaker, making him the third person to leave the game. The 27-year-old social worker from Philadelphia talks about surviving monsoons, smelling "funky" and why he won't remember his fellow castaways' names.
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.
Originally posted 12/15/2013 11:00PM
Survivor: Blood vs. Water pitted returning players against their loved ones in a gut-wrenching series of blindsides and big moves. Sunday night, the show crowned this season's winner.
Keep reading for results.
Originally posted 12/12/2013 11:30AM
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. This is his first season illustrating episodes of the show for PEOPLE.com. Follow him on Twitter @BloodyAmer1can
"Putting up with the people is the survival part, not putting up with the elements."
– Rudy Boesch, Survivor: All Stars
Well, that was kind of … obvious? Maybe last week's on-the-rocks Survivor bender left the show with a hangover, because Wednesday night, a grouchy, tetchy episode led to a predictable end.
Hayden and Ciera tattled on Tyson for saying mean things about mommy Monica. All they accomplished was hurting poor Monica's frayed feelings. The vets stuck together, and sent Hayden to Redemption Island.
The newbies' timing couldn't have been worse. Just three days earlier, Tyson put his life on the line in the Great Rock Draw of '13, so Monica was feeling particularly grateful. Plus, Hayden never made clear how blindly following him was superior to blindly following Tyson.
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.
Originally posted 11/21/2013 11:05AM
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
"You can't let these emotional things distract you too much out of the game. You have to keep your focus." – Laura Morett, Survivor: Samoa
So Ciera blindsided her mom. Wow.
Originally posted 11/18/2013 08:45AM
Jeff Probst has hosted Survivor for 27 seasons, but there are still twists and turns that keep him on his toes.
This season – entitled Survivor: Blood vs. Water – pitted former Survivor contestants against their loved ones for the first time in the CBS reality competition's 13-year history.
"It is one of the best seasons we've ever had," Probst tells PEOPLE in an exclusive video. "[The twist] has added more layers and more emotion to the show than I think we ever had."
Originally posted 11/14/2013 07:45AM
Jeff Probst is used to seeing Survivor contestants in their swimsuits, but on the set of Two and a Half Men, it was Probst who was showing the skin.
"I got a call on [Monday] saying, 'Can you shoot on Thursday' and I said, 'Yes,' and they said, 'Oh, by the way, you're going to be naked,' " Probst, 52, tells PEOPLE. "It was one of the best times I've had."
Probst plays himself in the episode entitled "Some Kind of Lesbian Zombie" airing Thursday on CBS.
Originally posted 11/10/2013 08:00AM
On paper, John Cody is the type of contestant who should do well on Survivor. Athletic, attractive and affable, the 30-year-old doctor from Washington DC seemed primed to go the distance.
But things went awry 30 seconds into the game when his wife, Candice, was voted out of her tribe. As she dominated challenges on Redemption Island, he became a bigger target.
After being blindsided on Day 8, he lasted 11 more days on Redemption Island until he lost a challenge and was eliminated from the game.
He talks to PEOPLE about his game, his socks, and crying in his underwear on national TV.
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