February 2010

survivor: Heroes vs Villains

It’s been a while since I watched a full season of Survivor and I have to admit, I’ve missed it.

What better place to pick it back up again though than with the 20th season of the hit show that has been running for ten years.  Can you believe it?

While previous Survivors have had Outwit, Outplay and Outlast as the theme for the series, Survivor: Heores vs Villains is all about Return, Revenge and Redemption.

The teams:

The Heroes:
Jessica ‘Sugar’ Kiper (Gabon)
Rupert Boneham (Pearl Islands & All Stars)
James Clement (China & Micronesia)
Colby Donaldson (The Australian Outback & All Stars)
Cirie Fields (Panama & Micronesia)
Amanda Kimmel (China & Micronesia)
Stephanie LaGrossa (Palau & Guatemala)
James ‘J.T.’ Thomas Jr (Tocantins)
Tom Westman (Palau)
Candice Woodcock (Cook Islands)

The Villains:
Tyson Apostol (Tocantins)
Randy Bailey (Gabon)
Sandra Diaz-Twine (Pearl Islands)
Danielle DoLorenzo (Panama)
Russel Hantz (Samoa)
Jerri Manthey (The Australian Outback & All Stars)
Rob ‘Boston Rob’ Mariano (Marquesas & All Stars)
Parvati Shallow (Cook Islands & Micronesia)
Benjamin ‘Coach’ Wade (Tocantins)
Courtney Yates (China)

It was always going to be great at the first challenge.  The villains smashed the heroes, quite literally.  Stephanie came away with a dislocated shoulder which had to be popped back into place by the medics while Rupert broke a toe.  Despite all the injuries, the heroes won and walked off to find their new home with the reward of flint.  Not that it mattered for the villains who were able to start a fire anyway when Boston Rob rubbed some sticks together.

The heroes caught some chickens at camp and built their shelter and pretty much went about setting up camp as a team.

When the two tribes came together for the first immunity challenge, the Heroes took an impressive lead but quickly lost it when they weren’t able to complete the puzzle.  The villains over took them, won the challenge, effectively sending the Heroes to tribal council.

Russell was very happy to have put the heroes into the position where they had to be the villains.

At tribal council, Sugar was the first survivor to be voted off the island.


Next week looks dramatic.  Boston Rob appears to have lost consciousness as the medics are called in.  The preview saw Boston Rob’s eyes rolled back into his head.  Doesn’t look good!

What did you think of the premiere to the 20th season of Survivor?

Friday, February 12 – 8pm ET/PT on Global

Tormented Peter Parker battles a sinister scientist who uses mechanical tentacles for destructive purposes. Starring Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst, James Franco, Alfred Molina, and Rosemary Harris.

MUCHONDEMAND (MOD) heads west to hook up young Canadians with the hottest happenings from the 2010 Winter Games as only MuchMusic can. Every night of the Games (Feb 12 to 28) at 8 p.m. PT (11 p.m. ET), MuchMusic celebrates Canada, the Games, and our athletes with exclusive coverage of star-studded nightly concerts from the Vancouver and Whistler Victory Ceremonies. With some huge names including Nelly Furtado, Barenaked Ladies, Hedley, and Billy Talent, the stage is set for some unforgettable performances. For a full list of Vancouver Victory Ceremony concerts, which were announced earlier today, visit CTVOlympics.ca and RDSolympiques.ca.

Before the concerts kick off, MuchMusic’s flagship show, MOD, hosts the biggest and wildest party of the Games. Live from the Garibaldi Lift Co. Bar & Grill in the heart of Whistler, MuchMusic gives Canada a live, daily, double dose of jam-packed, one-hour sessions. Two separate editions of MOD LIVE @ THE BASE air live daily through the Olympic Games at 2 p.m. PT (5 p.m. ET) and 7 p.m. PT (10 p.m. ET) live in front of thousands of screaming fans. MuchMusic VJs deliver the biggest stories from the Games, daily music video countdowns, and appearances by the hottest celebs, bands, and athletes. Add in a little MuchMusic hot tub action and live performances by the hottest stars on the planet and one thing is certain…Whistler will never be the same again.

“The Olympic Games in Vancouver is sure to be one of the greatest national events ever, so of course MUCHONDEMAND needs to be there and get the party started,” said Brad Schwartz, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Much MTV Group, CTV Inc. “With two separate live shows from the base of Whistler mountain each day, MuchMusic is going to make sure every fan across this country can connect and interact with the mind-blowing and unparalleled pandemonium this historical event is sure to bring. Watch out Olympic Games…here comes MuchMusic!”

Fans in Whistler during the Games can get in on all the action as part of the MOD LIVE @ THE BASE audience at the Garibaldi Lift Co. As always, MuchMusic puts viewers at the centre of the action during every episode whether in the live audience or interacting from home via text, phone, e-mail, and webcam.

Fans can hit up CTVOlympics.ca and RDSolympiques.ca throughout the Games for tons of additional pictures, features, and behind the scenes footage from the Games.

Friday, February 12 at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT

The most comprehensive – and most endearing – dog encyclopedia on television returns! With more than 150 dog breeds recognized by the American Kennel Club, DOGS 101 spotlights the adorable, the feisty and the unexpected. A wide-ranging rundown of everyone’s favorite dog breeds – from the Airedale Terrier, Zuchon and Xoloitzcuintli – DOGS 101 uses a mix of animal experts, pop-culture footage and stylized dog photography for an unprecedented look at man’s best friend.

21 year old luger, Nodar Kumaritashvili from Georgia, was killed during training just hours before the opening ceremony of the 2010 Winter Olympics in Canada.

Kumaritashvili lost control of his sled, went over a track wall and struck and unpadded steel pole near the finish line at the Whistler Sliding Center and was unable to be revived.

While the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games dominates CTV’s broadcast schedule from Feb. 12 – 28, Canada’s most-watched news team, CTV News, will continue to deliver Canadian and international news stories to viewers with both local and national newscasts in the morning, supper hour, and evening. In addition, CTV News Chief Anchor and Senior Editor Lloyd Robertson will provide regular news bulletins during prime time. Below is a detailed list of where to find both local and national CTV newscasts from Feb. 12 – 28 (all times ET; visit CTV.ca to confirm local listings).

CTV News coverage begins at the crack of dawn with OLYMPIC MORNING. Airing from 6 a.m. – 12 noon ET every day, OLYMPIC MORNING is the Olympic Games morning show, bringing viewers exclusive Vancouver 2010 news as well stories from across Canada and international stories from around the world. Additional details about OLYMPIC MORNING will be announced soon.

Canada’s most watched local newscasts will continue to deliver local supper hour newscasts during the Games. Airing at 5:30 p.m. ET daily across the country, CTV’s local anchors will deliver the local headlines that matter most to the community. As usual, national and international headlines can be found all day on CTV News Channel.

In the evening, Canada’s most-trusted news anchor, Lloyd Robertson will be on location in Vancouver delivering nightly news bulletins during OLYMPIC PRIME TIME on CTV. Broadcasting from the CTV Vancouver Olympic Games newsroom, Robertson will deliver the most important national and international stories of the day, including exclusive coverage from Vancouver 2010.

Fans of Canada’s most-watched national news program, CTV NATIONAL NEWS WITH LLOYD ROBERTSON, will continue to have the opportunity to watch the nightly broadcast at 11 p.m. in their time zone (11:30 p.m. NT) on CTV News Channel as usual. Anchored by Sandi Rinaldo, the national newscast is committed to bringing Canadians the news from home and around the world throughout the Games. With continued support from its domestic news bureaus across Canada and international bureaus in Washington, Los Angeles, London, Beijing and the Middle East, CTV News breaks more stories than any other Canadian broadcaster and will continue to lead the news industry during the Olympic Games.

CTV’s Olympic Games broadcast day ends each night with the one-hour nightly newscast direct from CTV Vancouver, beginning at 11 p.m. PT on CTV. Anchored by CTV Vancouver’s veteran news team Bill Good and Pamela Martin, the local newscast will deliver Olympic Games news to the country with a distinct local perspective.

Thursday, February 11 at 9:30pm ET/PT (8:30pm CT, 10:30pm MT) on Citytv

To avoid feeling lonely on Valentine’s Day, Liz Lemon (Tina Fey) schedules a root canal but soon realizes she hasn’t thought it through. Meanwhile, Jack Donaghy (Alec Baldwin) woos an attractive and successful CNBC host, Avery Jessup (guest star Elizabeth Banks, Zach and Miri Make a Porno ), and Jenna Maroney (Jane Krakowski) is disappointed when her creepy stalker loses interest. Jon Bon Jovi makes a cameo as himself.

Thursday, February 11 at 8:30pm ET/PT (7:30pm CT, 9:30pm MT) on Citytv

When Leslie (Amy Poehler) hears her mom’s (guest star Pamela Reed, Jericho) story about an old flame (John Larroquette, Boston Legal), she and her boyfriend Justin (guest star Justin Theroux, Tropic Thunder) track him down and reunite them on Valentine’s Day. Meanwhile, Andy (Chris Pratt) and his band are nervous about playing a gig at the Senior Centere.

Thursday, February 11 at 8:00pm ET/PT (7:00pm CT, 9:00pm MT) on Citytv

Jeff (Joel McHale) sets out to fix his relationship with Britta (Gillian Jacobs) after things get awkward with a drunken phone call. Meanwhile, Annie (Alison Brie) and Shirley (Yvette Nicole Brown) make plans to humiliate Señor Chang (Ken Jeong) in order to defend Troy (Donald Glover) and Pierce’s (Chevy Chase) dignity.

Thursday, February 11 – 8pm ET/PT on Global

The most memorable, heroic and controversial castaways from previous SURVIVOR seasons reunite. They will face off in their attempt to overcome – or embrace – the label placed upon them when they return to seek revenge or redemption, all in an effort to win the title of Sole Survivor. Returning castaways include: “Boston” Rob Mariano, Rupert Boneham, Russell Hantz, Colby Donaldson, Jerry Manthey, and Cirie Fields.