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(TVWeek)   Unable to win an Immunity Challenge, "Survivor" sinks to historic lows in the ratings   (tvweek.com) divider line 40
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2012-05-14 09:31:58 PM
This is still *ahem* surviving on the airwaves?
 
2012-05-14 09:41:16 PM
I honestly didn't know it was still on the air.
 
2012-05-14 09:42:35 PM
They've had 24 episodes since 2000. CBS needs to cancel it because the concept is played out, but I bet it's so much cheaper to produce this than an actual comedy or drama show that they'll keep Survivor unless the ratings really crash.
 
2012-05-14 09:42:49 PM
You can only ride the coattails of 'Eye of the Tiger' for so long.
 
2012-05-14 09:49:33 PM

chewielouie: You can only ride the coattails of 'Eye of the Tiger' for so long.


I was going for a similar joke. But yours was better.
 
2012-05-14 09:58:18 PM

skinink: They've had 24 episodes since 2000. CBS needs to cancel it because the concept is played out, but I bet it's so much cheaper to produce this than an actual comedy or drama show that they'll keep Survivor unless the ratings really crash.


This. Oh, lets have the angry nutball, the hot chick, the suave heartthrob, the dyke, the minority. Same formula, same results. Ad Nauseam
 
2012-05-14 09:59:02 PM
The dumb masses have finally figured out it's basically the same challenges and b.s. as usual?
 
2012-05-14 10:00:44 PM
I remember the first one where the naked gay guy won, and was later jailed for tax evasion. I have not seen it since. It was just the same idea played over and over again.
 
2012-05-14 10:05:03 PM

LeroyBourne: The dumb masses have finally figured out it's basically the same challenges and b.s. as usual?


That it's taken them 23 seasons to do so speaks volumes.
 
2012-05-14 10:09:27 PM
I was sort of excited about this show. A bunch of people have to survive on an insolated island. I was conjuring up what they would do. Hidden cameras in the trees to track their where abouts. People working together to survive and scrounging for food. Folks getting hurt or tired of it all and pressing their button for pick up. Eventually, there is one last person on the island. They have survived. They earned the money.

Then I watched the first episode, found out it was about screwing your buddy and whining in front of a camera.

What crap.
 
2012-05-14 10:15:05 PM
I still have no idea how a show that f*cking stupid survived past the initial season.
 
2012-05-14 10:31:49 PM
This last group of people were relatively boring to watch, that's why the ratings were so low. The fact that even non fans remember watching when "that one guy did whatever" shows it's dependent on the people they get as survivors.
 
2012-05-14 10:36:10 PM
Whatever. I like the show. Some seasons have a better cast than others. The most recent one was pretty boring except for the gay kid. If he would not have gotten sick and had been around longer, the finale would have had a higher rating.
 
2012-05-14 10:45:08 PM
Somehow I know that Richard Hatch won on that show, but I'm glad to say I've never seen a single episode.
 
2012-05-14 10:50:57 PM

hbk72777: skinink: They've had 24 episodes since 2000. CBS needs to cancel it because the concept is played out, but I bet it's so much cheaper to produce this than an actual comedy or drama show that they'll keep Survivor unless the ratings really crash.

This. Oh, lets have the angry nutball, the hot chick, the suave heartthrob, the dyke, the minority. Same formula, same results. Ad Nauseam


You forgot the old person.

Anyway, I caught seasons 2-6 a bit loyally. Actually it was "bonding" time with my father, Survivor and CSI. The formula has attempted to change, but bringing out the same stereotypes kind of defeats the purpose. These people are actors, and besides I would prefer something like Smash TV...

www.theaveragegamer.com


IIIII LOVE IT!
 
2012-05-14 11:10:28 PM

IamSoSmart_S_M_R_T: Somehow I know that Richard Hatch won on that show, but I'm glad to say I've never seen a single episode.


The first reason is the only one I watched, and it was really good. The first web forum I ever read was "Survivorsucks.com" where they would go on and on about the show and try to guess who got booted from that week's show. And the snake vs, the rat speech Susan gave is classic.


Also I couldn't believe how stupid the one tribe was on that first season that they could not see they were being voted off one by one because the other tribe banded together to increase their chances of winning.

 
2012-05-14 11:24:49 PM

wingnut396: I was sort of excited about this show. A bunch of people have to survive on an insolated island. I was conjuring up what they would do. Hidden cameras in the trees to track their where abouts. People working together to survive and scrounging for food. Folks getting hurt or tired of it all and pressing their button for pick up. Eventually, there is one last person on the island. They have survived. They earned the money.

Then I watched the first episode, found out it was about screwing your buddy and whining in front of a camera.

What crap.


It also got worse when behind the scenes stories started coming out where the 'survivors' were never more than 100 feet from a buffet table set out for the film crew or that hotels were only a short boat/plane ride away. Also, basically the film crew was living right next to them so hardly feels like they are cut off from anyone which can drastically change the dynamic.
 
2012-05-14 11:44:21 PM
The show needs Big Brother / Amazing Race crossovers. Like Jeff and Jordon or Brenden and Rachel.
 
2012-05-14 11:48:01 PM

Penoatle: hbk72777: skinink: They've had 24 episodes since 2000. CBS needs to cancel it because the concept is played out, but I bet it's so much cheaper to produce this than an actual comedy or drama show that they'll keep Survivor unless the ratings really crash.

This. Oh, lets have the angry nutball, the hot chick, the suave heartthrob, the dyke, the minority. Same formula, same results. Ad Nauseam

You forgot the old person.

Anyway, I caught seasons 2-6 a bit loyally. Actually it was "bonding" time with my father, Survivor and CSI. The formula has attempted to change, but bringing out the same stereotypes kind of defeats the purpose. These people are actors, and besides I would prefer something like Smash TV...

[www.theaveragegamer.com image 569x322]


IIIII LOVE IT!


I'd buy that for a dollar
 
2012-05-14 11:49:23 PM
Survivor needs a bit of spice to liven it up. Tell the contestants that russel is somewhere on the island with a knife and night vision goggles. Continue to play the game normally with occasional disappearances...
 
2012-05-14 11:50:09 PM
The first season of Survivor was the best because no one knew who to play it strategically. The folks playing had no idea what to expect there. Richard Hatch was really the only one who understood how to play the game with alliances, when to play hard and when to conserve energy, and how not to get voted off. That's why he won.

After that, people playing the game form alliances the moment they step foot on the sand, and it becomes anti-climatic as the people in the smaller alliance get picked off one by one.

I say bring back Solitary. That was the ultimate in outplay/outwit/outlast gameplay. Mostly because you had no idea what your competitors were doing, so in reality you were only playing against yourself.
 
2012-05-15 12:07:00 AM

JJRRutgers: I say bring back Solitary. That was the ultimate in outplay/outwit/outlast gameplay. Mostly because you had no idea what your competitors were doing, so in reality you were only playing against yourself.


Well, the issue with Solitary is that they veered it too far away from the 'experiment back in the days when scientists didn't have so many pesky ethics' motif and got too far into 'straight up self-torture'. I don't think they really needed to do a ball gag challenge, or that thing with applying the clips where they hurt twice as bad after you took them off at the end of the challenge. That was unnecessary.
 
2012-05-15 12:28:26 AM
Who watches the finale and not the reunion?
 
2012-05-15 12:50:02 AM
Amazing Race is much better
 
2012-05-15 12:51:30 AM

Contrabulous Flabtraption: Who watches the finale and not the reunion?


I was tempted to change the channel once the winner was revealed because, as mentioned above, this season's cast was pretty boring. I can understand if people only watched the first 5-10 minutes of the reunion and then turned it off.
 
2012-05-15 01:09:53 AM
I watched a few episodes of the first Survivor. That is all I ever watched of that show.
 
2012-05-15 02:11:56 AM
I applaud this development because that makes it just one step closer to the inevitable cable version of the show that actually leaves in the naked hot chicks.
 
2012-05-15 05:55:10 AM
The only reason worth watching went out on the first episode with a broken wrist.
 
2012-05-15 06:49:14 AM
My wife never misses an episode.
 
2012-05-15 07:13:43 AM

The Troof hurts: Whatever. I like the show. Some seasons have a better cast than others. The most recent one was pretty boring except for the gay kid. If he would not have gotten sick and had been around longer, the finale would have had a higher rating.


The problem with the gay kid, or any other attention whore from any other season, is that at some point, right around season 5, it stopped feeling like there was a single person on the island who wasn't hamming it up for the camera. Captain Gay should have won some kind of an award for pure obnoxiousness. Also, now that the dynamics of the game are so well known, there's a huge lull after the first few episodes since the dominant alliance runs a train for six or seven episodes that ultimately decides how the game will finish, and lately the finish has been that fairly boring people keep ending up in the final four.
 
2012-05-15 07:22:41 AM

skinink: IamSoSmart_S_M_R_T: Somehow I know that Richard Hatch won on that show, but I'm glad to say I've never seen a single episode.

The first reason is the only one I watched, and it was really good. The first web forum I ever read was "Survivorsucks.com" where they would go on and on about the show and try to guess who got booted from that week's show. And the snake vs, the rat speech Susan gave is classic.
Also I couldn't believe how stupid the one tribe was on that first season that they could not see they were being voted off one by one because the other tribe banded together to increase their chances of winning.


Pagonging. Good times.

Even with five (relatively) hot women in the finale, we bypassed it for "Ghost Hunters"/"Kris Williams' Ass". Too much Hantz turned us off.

/and we all learned that Jenna causes cancer
 
2012-05-15 07:56:05 AM

JJRRutgers: The first season of Survivor was the best because no one knew who to play it strategically. The folks playing had no idea what to expect there. Richard Hatch was really the only one who understood how to play the game with alliances, when to play hard and when to conserve energy, and how not to get voted off. That's why he won.


The first season was the only Survivor I watched from beginning to end. I knew from Day One that Richard was going to win because was a sneaky bastard. I kept expecting him to end up with his head bashed in with a coconut while he slept.

If they want to do a real Survivor, they should drop everyone in the Arctic. Of course, since that means no sun-kissed titties and sweaty man-packages on display, it's never going to happen.
 
2012-05-15 08:28:10 AM

LeroyBourne: The dumb masses have finally figured out it's basically the same challenges and b.s. as usual?


The same could be said for say the NFL, the same basic shiat for 90+ years and people still watch that.
 
2012-05-15 09:08:08 AM
I only caught the last show and the reunion show. I can't believe I missed a whole season of this walking around in a bikini.

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2012-05-15 09:28:04 AM
Never saw it, probably never will.
 
2012-05-15 09:49:50 AM
I think they started with the intent of having survival being a big part of the show but that changed and now the show is nothing more than Big Brother in a tropical setting.

It's also become clear that most players aren't trying to win anymore. There are too many aspiring actors and model who are only there for the exposure. In addition, the show rewards boring players who hang back and do as little as possible. By the end, each episode you stay is worth another 5 to 10 grand for you. It's no wonder so few contestants try to make big power plays. If you fail at a big power play, you go home with less money than if you just sit there and do nothing.
 
2012-05-15 10:01:12 AM
Until they reboot the show as an actual survival situation that takes place in an Arctic Weather Station for 2 months with 1 months worth of food and a loaded gun in a glass box, I not interested.

E_Henry_Thripshaws_Disease: Amazing Race is much better


This. Although it's starting to slip too.
 
2012-05-15 12:02:10 PM
what gets me is if you are picked for the show i assume you are not sent to the locale immediately. if you don't know how to do some basic stuff like how to cook rice, make a fire, make a archery bow,how to hold a axe/saw/hammer, how to clean a fish or critter, etc... you would spent some time learning a few things, just about anything. i watched only 2-3 episodes but i saw a team that didn't how to cook rice and several people who didn't know how to hold a bow or use a axe. i saw contestants who would have been 100x better at surviving if they had spent one day reading a boy scout handbook.
 
2012-05-15 12:32:03 PM
I stopped watching after Boston Rob made his first appearance. Couldn't stand him.

I noticed that he has another reality show - I make a point to never watch it. I don't see ads for it anymore, so hopefully it didn't last long.
 
2012-05-16 11:13:31 AM
Good. That cow is dry.

lelio: The show needs Big Brother / Amazing Race crossovers. Like Jeff and Jordon or Brenden and Rachel.


SHaddup! Stop giving weaselly producers ideas!
 
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