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Who's Playing the Best Survivor Game Post-Swap?

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Stephen Fishbach Blogs: Good Survivor Strategy Emerges Post-Swap

Originally posted 03/21/2013 07:20AM

Stephen Fishbach was the runner-up on Survivor: Tocantins and has been blogging about Survivor strategy for PEOPLE.com since 2009. Follow him on Twitter @stephenfishbach.

"I listened and I observed."
– Denise Stapley, winner, Survivor: Philippines

Maybe it's Stockholm Syndrome, but I really believe there's an undercurrent of good strategy this season on Survivor. It's been drowned out by larger-than-life characters like Shamar, Brandon and Phillip bellowing their cris-de-coeur up and down the Philippine jungle.

Underneath that clamor, though, smart people are making good decisions. We finally saw a glimmer of it on Wednesday's episode, when Corinne gave us a peek of what's going on behind the scenes.

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Brandon Hantz Suffers Sad Mental Breakdown on Survivor

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Stephen Fishbach Blogs: Brandon Hantz's Sad Survivor Meltdown

Originally posted 03/14/2013 09:15AM

Stephen Fishbach was the runner-up on Survivor: Tocantins and has been blogging about Survivor strategy for PEOPLE.com since 2009. Follow him on Twitter @stephenfishbach.

"This is like a constant battle for me – good/evil, good/evil – and I really want to do good."
– Brandon Hantz, Survivor: South Pacific

Wednesday's episode of Survivor may have been my least favorite in the show's 13-year history. Brandon Hantz, of the Louisiana Hantzes, had a complete mental breakdown. He threatened people's safety and poured out the tribe's rice. It was gripping viewing, no doubt. But it was also very sad.

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Survivor: Fans Only Hope Is for Favorites to Succumb to Infighting

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Stephen Fishbach Blogs: Survivor's Fans Only Hope Is Favorites's Infighting

Originally posted 03/07/2013 09:45AM

Stephen Fishbach was the runner-up on Survivor: Tocantins and has been blogging about Survivor strategy for PEOPLE.com since 2009. Follow him on Twitter @stephenfishbach.

"If there's a merge coming up, we need strong members. But we also need loyal members."
– Stephen Fishbach, Survivor: Tocantins

What a blowout. Wednesday on Survivor, the Fans continued their epic losing streak. They lost the reward. They lost immunity. The Fans are losing so badly, they lost their biggest member to an errant dust particle.

Who could ever have imagined that putting 10 veterans of a game against 10 newbies would be a blowout? The Fans' only hope now is that the Favorites succumb to infighting.

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Survivor's Francesca Hogi: Booted Twice But Has Best Sense of Humor Ever

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UpdatePosted 02/18/2013 09:30AM

Francesca Hogi: I'm Really Bad at Survivor

Originally posted 02/17/2013 02:30PM

Survivor just isn't Francesca Hogi's game.

The 38-year-old New York lawyer first played the game in 2011's Survivor: Redemption Island, where she was the first contestant booted. Returning for Survivor: Caramoan, she threatened to "drown herself" if she were the first one voted out. She even picked up a rock and said she would eat it if she were the first to go.

Sure enough, at tribal council, she was the first one to go. (She says she'll follow through on the rock-eating promise at the reunion if Jeff Probst can produce that very same rock for her.)

Speaking to PEOPLE, Hogi can laugh at her misfortune, but names names when it comes to who she thinks was responsible for her misfortune.

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Attention Celebs: Jeff Probst Wants You to Join Neil Patrick Harris on Survivor | Jeff Probst, Neil Patrick Harris

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Jeff Probst Wants an All-Celebrity Season of Survivor

Originally posted 02/13/2013 03:30PM

Will Neil Patrick Harris soon be scheming his way to a Survivor victory?

It could happen. Host Jeff Probst has spoken to the How I Met Your Mother star about playing the game – and is currently looking for other celebrities who want to outwit, outplay and outlast the competition in hopes of being Sole Survivor on the long-running CBS reality show.

A celebrity season actually isn't that far fetched. Last season, The Facts of Life star Lisa Whelchel made the final three. And, in 2001, Kate Hudson and then–husband Chris Robinson showed up for an open audition for Survivor: Australia, before being turned away by producers. (How awesome would that have been?)

But for now, there's Survivor: Caramoan, the show's 26th season, premiering Wednesday night (8 p.m. ET). Ten new players will compete against ten returning players – with early favorites that include Dawn Meehan, a surprisingly tough 42-year-old mother of six from Utah, and Andrea Boehlke, a pretty blonde schemer from Wisconsin.

Catching up with PEOPLE, Jeff Probst reveals what to expect this season – and how a celebrity version would work:

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And the Survivor Winner Is ...

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Denise Stapley Wins Survivor: Philippines

Originally posted 12/17/2012 08:00AM

The latest season of Survivor was volatile, cutthroat and ultimately satisfying with the crowning of the show's newest winner on Sunday night.

After an intense final tribal council, where the unrepentant final three pled their cases, sex therapist Denise Stapley beat returnee Mike Skupin and former Facts of Life star Lisa Whelchel by a vote of 6-1-1. The win capped off an invigorating competition that Jeff Probst called "a wild, unpredictable season."

Stapley won $1 million and the title of Sole Survivor.

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Jeff Probst Shares His Thoughts on Who Could Win Survivor

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Jeff Probst Shares His Thoughts on Who Could Win Survivor

Originally posted 12/15/2012 04:10PM

In the 25 seasons that Jeff Probst has hosted Survivor, he has presided over 399 tribal councils.

Since the show's debut 12 years ago, 384 contestants have played the game, with 43 of them competing more than once. Seven contestants have quit; ten have been medically evacuated and 23 people have walked away with $1 million and the title of Sole Survivor. (Sandra Diaz-Twine is the only contestant to win the game twice.)

Why all the statistics? Because it just goes to show that Probst knows a thing or two about how to win this game. Here, he evaluates the strengths and weaknesses of the final four contestants of Survivor: Philippines for PEOPLE. Who will walk away with the million-dollar prize on Sunday night? Probst won't find out until the live finale with the rest of us, but here's his expert take on everyone's chances.

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Survivor's Carter Williams: My Nice-Guy Strategy Didn't Work

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UpdatePosted 12/08/2012 12:00PM

Survivor's Carter Williams: My Nice-Guy Strategy Didn't Work

Originally posted 12/07/2012 01:10PM

Carter Williams was a very popular Survivor player who made no enemies and kept his entire tribe laughing with his sardonic one-liners.

That's why his tribesmates couldn't let him anywhere near the finals and voted him out on day 33. Williams, a 24-year-old track coach from Shawnee, Kan., dishes on how there was more to his strategy than meets the eye.

So, how are you today?
Well, I just watched myself get voted off Survivor. That was a bummer.

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Survivor: Stephen Fishbach Blogs About Jeff's Vendetta Against Jonathan

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UpdatePosted 11/01/2012 02:05PM

Survivor: Stephen Fishbach Blogs About Jeff Kent's Vendetta Against Jonathan Penner

Originally posted 11/01/2012 10:00AM

Stephen Fishbach was the runner-up on Survivor: Tocantins and has been blogging about Survivor strategy for PEOPLE.com since 2009. Follow him on Twitter @stephenfishbach

"Don't sink everybody else and yourself because you're pissed off at one person."
– Ken Stafford, Survivor: Thailand

Call him Ahab.

You know – the crazed old sea captain who leads his crew to their certain doom in his quest to destroy the White Whale?

Except in Survivor: Philippines, the captain is named Jeff Kent. And the white whale goes by Jonathan instead of Moby Dick.

Who knows what trauma caused Jeff Kent's vendetta against Jonathan Penner? Penner didn't rip off his leg. But maybe Kent blames him for his bum knee? The only sure thing is that Kent will destroy everything he loves in his monomaniacal obsession to harpoon his former ally.

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Survivor's Katie Hanson: Jeff Probst 'Had It Out for Me'

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Survivor's Katie Hanson: Jeff Probst 'Had It Out for Me'

Originally posted 10/26/2012 05:00PM

Katie Hanson became the seventh person to leave Survivor: Philippines this week, and just like that, the show was out of beauty queens. (Former Miss Utah Angie Layton was voted out the third week.)

The former Miss Delaware, 22, tells PEOPLE what went wrong – and why she feels Jeff Probst had it out for her.

You were voted off in part because you were weak in challenges.
I wasn't the most athletic person out there; I totally admit that. But they showed my failure again and again, and glossed over others. In one challenge, I had trouble running up a hill, which cost us time. But [former baseball player] Jeff Kent couldn't chop through wood, which also cost us time. Jeff Probst just hammered me a million times about my challenge performance, but let's face it – I wasn't the only one to slow us down.

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