Jeff Probst blogs the 'Survivor: Nicaragua' premiere

survivorImage Credit: Monty Brinton/CBSHello Survivor fans! Hello Jimmy Johnson!! Hello Wednesday night!!

Episode one of our 21st season is complete and it turns out Wendy’s husband was right. More on that later…

I’m very curious to see how the audience responds to having Jimmy Johnson on the show. If you’re reading this blog, you’re probably old enough to know that Jimmy is one of the most successful football coaches in the history of the game — both college and the NFL. Even if you’re younger, but still a football fan, then you no doubt know him as one of the most colorful Pro football analysts on television. I’m happy to say that I now know him as a Survivor contestant.

Jimmy was not recruited as some sort of a “stunt casting” idea. Jimmy applied…on his own… three times to be on the show. As he said himself, he hasn’t missed a second of the show… ever. The first two times he applied he didn’t pass his physical so he was turned down. But this time he not only passed his physical, he made it on the show!

The very first thing I noticed was the jealousy that Marty and Jimmy T have for Coach Jimmy. The younger guys would have loved to hang out with one of the greatest football legends of all time because they weren’t threatened. Marty was threatened. Immediately. Curious how our egos work. If I was in the game, maybe I would have felt the same way, who knows. But right now Marty and Jimmy T seem more concerned with Jimmy Johnson than they do anything else. That is not a good sign for the older group.

OPENING SCRAMBLE
We are always looking for ways to ignite the opening moments of a season and the idea this year centered around finding the Medallion of Power, or as I like to say, “The Medallion of POWWWWWWWWWWER!”

INSIGHT: From a production point of view here is the dilemma with an opening scramble that involves looking for something that is hidden:

You want to be able to film whomever finds the Medallion so that means you need to have plenty of camera operators near the location of the Medallion. But if you put the camera operators all in one spot then you are giving away where the Medallion is located.

So.. we set up fake camera jibs, and brought in extra operators and put them on scaffolding and stationed them in various spots so that even the savvy player would not be able to figure out where the Medallion was hidden simply by studying the camera positions. It worked. The contestants scattered all different ways and Brenda was the one who spotted it sitting up in a tree and snagged it for her tribe.

OLD V YOUNG
This idea to divide Old v Young came straight from casting. Once we had Jimmy J, Jimmy T (from a Sears sponsored contestant search), Jane (the woman who started fiiiiiire!) and Marty we knew we had the beginnings of a great older tribe. So we just went with it and from that point forward we knew we had to create two tribes – one old, one young – that were as equal as they could be given the age difference.

INSTANT STAND OUTS
The game is young but here is who popped out to me right away:

OLDER TRIBE
JIMMY T: “I just gotta say this… I’m not gonna be not be heard here, I’m not gonna be not be heard.” I love this guy. He won a Sears casting contest to get on the show and has already delivered as much of a wallop as a box full of their Craftsman tools. He is going to have to cool it though if he wants to last long. Jimmy, sometimes you are going to have to “not be, not be heard.” In your case, it might be a good thing if they don’t always hear you.

HOLLY makes me smile and laugh and tilt my head like a dog all at the same time. She’s a bit of an enigma to me at this point, but I know I like having her on the show. From the moment we met her in casting I felt there was a lot more going on than meets the eye.

JANE! You gotta love a woman who can start fire! Jane is tailor made for this show. She is no-nonsense, has a great work ethic and she personifies the idea of “where there is a will, there is a way.”

MARTY is a villain. He won’t see it that way and he’s probably already mad at me for saying this, but right out of the gate, he is a villain. Thankfully… Survivor loves villains!

YOUNGER TRIBE:
SHANNON is fortunately…or unfortunately… the type of guy who often ends up on a reality show these days. He’s a muscular, good looking, hot headed “dude” who it turns out is a pretty funny interview:

*”It’s important we don’t let these girls take over. I mean we already getting owned in marriage. Pretty soon we’ll have a woman President.”
* “He’s just a dumb blonde. I’ve never called a guy a dumb blonde before, but that’s what he is.”
* “A guy needs to sack up and we need to win this.”

SASH – it’s not so much what Sash says, it’s how he says it and how he looks when he says it. I hope he’s around a long time.

FABIO is perhaps my favorite. I am a huge fan of Fast Times At Ridgemont High and Fabio is Survivor’s version of Jeff Spicoli who was played beautifully by Sean Penn. If you have never seen that movie, it’s worth a watch. Hilarious. Whether it’s the massive splinter he got in his arch moments into the show or the pincher on the finger, he’s funny. Best of all, he seems to have a really good sense of humor about himself. You gotta like that.

KELLY B, not to be confused with PURPLE KELLY is obviously an inspiration but that will not be enough to get her through 39 days. Her tribe is already targeting her.. not because they think she can win challenges, or will be great at the social game, or because she is crafty at tribal council. They’re voting her out because she has an artificial leg and it makes them uncomfortable because they think she’ll garner too much sympathy.

We humans are a nutty group. Certainly this group, anyway! Not one person has even considered the idea of “I wonder how she’ll do…” or… “I’d love to see what she can achieve in the challenges.” Nope. This is a cut-throat game for a million dollars. It’s survival of the fittest. Little do they know she has accomplished more athletic achievements than most all of them combined.

NAONKA.. relax. I didn’t forget about you. You’re pretty hard to forget. Yeah, I know. You already know that. Naonka will become more polarizing the longer she lasts in the game. You will either respect her honesty or absolutely despise her. One thing is certain people will have an opinion. She already knows that too.

FIRST CHALLENGE
The older tribe had the Medallion of Power and they decided not to use it. They’ll tell you they were smart to not use it because it wouldn’t have made a difference. While that is probably true, most of their confidence comes from back seat driving, or better yet, Monday morning quarterbacking because the challenge didn’t play out quite as planned. Let me explain…

INSIGHT: Despite testing our first challenge over and over, the Survivors did something that we didn’t count on. We expected the gutters to go from left to right, back and forth, because that is how the challenge was built to play. Instead, they simply formed one long gutter system, and it worked much better than what we had planned. As a result the challenge went much faster and because of that it reduced the amount of an ‘advantage” they would have had. Would the Medallion advantage have made enough difference for them to win? We’ll never know. But had the challenge been played the way it was tested and rehearsed, it most definitely would have made a difference.

If they resist using the Medallion of Power next challenge then we’ll know they’re not smart, just foolish.

TRIBAL COUNCIL
First of all did you catch what Jane said!? She said she read an article in which I talked about the importance of making fire… and she listened! Who listens to anything I say? I’m an idiot. Never listen to me. I’m rarely right. I mean it. Especially when it comes to driving directions. If I say -“go right” – you should always “go left.” And when you turn left, invariably, I’ll tell you, “No, really this time I am pretty sure it really is right.” Don’t do it. Close the ears and put the pedal to the metal because it’s left all the way.

Nonetheless, Jane listened and she learned how to make fire and whadaya know it paid off big time for the older tribe. I love when the Survivors have a victory. They are so few and far between.

Okay now back to the older tribe’s biggest hurdle.. their ego.

JIMMY T – Dude. Get off the “I am jealous of Jimmy Johnson” bandwagon.

I am blown away. Blown away that Jimmy T and Marty are more concerned about being the top dog than they are about winning.

Jimmy T actually said: If he (Jimmy Johnson) leads so well.. the jury will let him win the game.” You nut! If Jimmy Johnson can actually lead THAT well… let him lead you! There will be plenty of chances to cut his throat later in the game.

Consider the dichotomy of the human existence for just a moment. We’ve made some amazing achievements in our time here on earth: The incredible breakthroughs we’ve made in science, the world we’re discovering under the sea, the machines we’ve built that allow us to communicate instantly all over the world, the ability to correct vision problems, reduce cholesterol, make artificial limbs and invent pocket sized cell phones! We sent a man to the moon for crying out loud.. and he came back! Hello…we invented Viagra! We’re even open to the idea of J-LO on American Idol, but we can’t get out of our own way when it comes to EGO. It’s fascinating.

THE VOTE
Turns out Wendy’s husband was right. As Wendy said on the show: “My husband thinks I’ll be first out.” Yep. Smart fella.

Well Wendy, I hope your husband said it and meant it with love because despite the fact that you didn’t fit in with this group you are absolutely charming in your own unique way and just before the vote, you uttered my favorite line of the night:

“…and I don’t have any blisters on my feet. That’s an asset. ”

Sorry you left so soon, I’ll miss the accent and the hat!

UNTIL NEXT WEEK
If you’re feeling smart…CBS put the clue to the Hidden Idol Immunity online (http://www.cbs.com/primetime/survivor/photos/Hidden_Immunity_Idol_Clue_1/) so you can take a gander and see if you can figure it out before the Survivors do!

See ya next week!

Check out Jeff’s reaction to the first Tribal Council below, and make sure to check out Dalton Ross’ recap of the Survivor: Nicaragua premiere.

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  • Barb

    Jeff! How can you blog and NOT talk about that stupid chant the younger team did coming into the challenge! Your comment “‘K” was hysterical.

    • Aimee

      Barb – I was waiting for his comments on this too!! And I agree – his hesitant “….K” was perfect. Loved it!

      • TheBestSurvivorToNeverPlay

        I usually don’t like to see celebrities in this type of game, unless it’s an all star version, however I think that Jimmy Johnson will be a great assett to keep around for the older team. He is an unbelievable motivator. The prep talk before the challenge was one of the greatest speeches ever on survivor! That kind of speech can get you far in the game! No wonder he’s won 2 Superbowl rings. However it was followed by 1 of the dumbest things said. He mentioned that they should vote off the weakest players first and that HE and wendy are the 2 weakest players. What the heck was he thinking? Jimmy T. (fisherman) wants to get rid of Jimmy Johnson because he thinks Jimmy Johnson is a big leader and I guess Jimmy T. wants that role. What an Idot? I can see in week 1 that Jimmy T. will not last long. Maybe I am saying this because I am a little sore that he stole my spot in the SEARS contest. Several months ago CBS held a conest on their site. Whoever wanted to be in had to submit a 1 minute or less video. Everyone had the oppurtunity to view all the submissions and CBS would choose the top ten. Everyone here that has seen all the videos (like myself) knows that the best ten were not chosen. People were talking about it on the CBS website chat and their chat messages were quickly erased and the people were booted off the CBS website permanantly. I was one of them. I never used any foul language or said anything inapporpriate. I guess CBS just had to cover up the big mess and keep people quiet. It was so obvious that these videos were not close to the best and a few winners broke some of the rules.
        Jeff I wish you could see all the submissions yourself and tell everyone honestly that these were not the top ten videos. I worked so hard and had a kick A** video to find out that the top ten were predetermined. So, Jimmy T. did not win the so called “contest” he was chosen. I can see already that he will not last long because he has no clue how to play this game. CBS – your mistake!

      • snee

        @thebestsurvivor…

        K.

      • Laura

        Shows where there heads are on this team. The entry chant was from Remember the Titans, right up to the girls “LaFlor” atthe end. A tribute to youth, football and cockiness all in one silly package. Chase and Shannon were mortified!

      • Dr. Zechariah Zenith

        I still like Survivor and I repeat it again it is still the Superbowl of Reality Shows.

        More power to the producing team.

      • smith

        @TheBestSurvivor.

        K.

        You will never make the show you Monday morning quarterback.

      • misti

        @the best survivor. Jealous much?

    • Summer

      great. love it

      • redriding

        Super duper amazing! I dont understand this whole debate of whether a season is good or not. I mean ALL seasons are way better than any other show on TV!

        I wld appreciate a bit of banter in ur blog like last season. Come on Jeff, look alive!

      • Kat

        One of the best “Jeff moments” of the episode.

    • JD

      It was so obnoxious!!

    • PK

      I’ll bet the chant was Fabio’s idea.
      I’ll miss Wendy, she was a kook but adorable.
      I laughed out loud at your reaction when Jane said she reads your columns. We all do silly!
      Why when I read “Medallion of Powwwerrrr” do I hear the big fish from Finding Nemo (best Disney movie ever).
      Can’t wait to see what happens this season, it definitely started strong out of the gate.

      • darclyte

        Why does Wendy have blue teeth?

      • CeeJay

        I figured the chant came from Brenda, the former cheerleader. What little we saw of that team, other than Fabio funnies, was her acting leader-ly.

    • TheBestSurvivorToNeverPlay

      I don’t usually like to see celebrities on this game. However, Jimmy Johnosn is a great asset to the older team. He is a great motivator. I thought that prep talk to the team before they went on the challenge was the smartest thing that I have ever heard anyone ever say on survivor. And I have seen every episode. IT WAS A SPEECH THAT CAN GET HIM ALL THE WAY TO THE END. However it did follow the DUMBEST thing that was said by Jimmy Johnson saying that they should get rid of the weakest players first and that HE AND WENDY ARE THE WEAKEST PLAYERS. What the heck was he thinking? Jimmy T. wants to get rid of Jimmy Johnson because he’s more worried about being the leader. What an idot! I’m sorry Jeff, but Jimmy T(fisherman) will be a lousy player. I can already see it in week 1. Maybe I’m saying this because I’m a little sore that he stole my spot. CBS with Sears were supposed to pick the top ten videos that people would submit online. Unfortunatly they did not choose the top ten. I have seen all submissions. People were chatting on the CBS website at the time and figured out that the whole process was predetermined. They chose 10 people who they knew they wanted before all videos were even submitted. Jimmy T’s video was crap. I’m sorry to say his was not close to being top ten. Jeff, I wish you can go through all the videos that were submitted and tell me that this was honestly done. So, he did not win the SEARS contest, he was picked from the so called “contest”. When people started to talk about this on the chat at CBS website, CBS deleted everyones chat messages and booted us off their site (including me). I never used foul language or said anything inappropriate. I guess they just wanted to cover up their big mess! CBS took my IP address, so I can never get on the site with any computer from my house. A good way to keep me quiet! CBS unfairly chose Jimmy T. and I don’t see him getting far in this game.

    • KC

      I loved the pause and “K” too…and they showed it on The Soup and laughed again. Notice though that they weren’t ALL doing the chant.

    • Mark D

      Ha! I thought the LaFlor tribe was imitating the all girls school’s entrance as they came in to compete against Harry Potter’s school….even did the “ahhhhh” ending!!!

  • Joanne

    Though I appreciate that “Coach” Jimmy (yada,yada,yada) is even on the show– good for you,yea! Great!– Please, please, please don’t turn this into the Jimmy Johnson show!! Man, it’s so annoying to see producers highlighting only one player on a very interesting team! Spread the weath!! He’s not the only person on that tribe!!

    • Robin H.

      It’s just the first show. Relax and have your coffee before jumping down anyone’s throat!

    • Jason

      It would have been the elephant in the room if they hadn’t focused on him a little bit more last night. The way things are going he might not be around much longer anyway…

    • gizmodiansky

      I agree. At first I thought the reason they were giving him so much screen time was because he was going to be the first voted off. But when he didn’t I was a little worried that the show would be renamed “Jimmy Johnson’s Survivor” this season.

    • meeghan

      I agree, I’m concerned that this season will be all about Jimmy J. He seems like a cool guy, but I don’t want to watch a whole show about him. I’m going to stick around and hope it doesn’t turn out that way.

      • France

        I’d rather watch him that the same old idiots who start thinking about the final Tribal Council in the first week. A team who votes off their strongest players before the merge deserves to lose – which they always do. I never heard of Jimmy Johnson, but I can’t get enough of someone who finally knows how to play the game. Of course, those other guys won’t listen to him, will want to get him gone and in the process, don’t have a chance of making it to the end.

    • sashay

      All right Jeff, enough with the Jimmy Johnson fan club! I am more than aware of his identity, since nobody can mention this season without getting into a big bio of him, but I can tell you I am plenty sick of it. You know, not all Survivor fans are sports fan. If he was a world-renowned soccer player/coach I might be interested – well if David Beckham was playing I’d definitely be interested for eye candy purposes alone – but football is extremely boring to me. As is all this stuff about JJ. I’m looking forward to him leaving – although I want the other Jimmy to go first.

  • Robin H.

    You pegged “Fabio” perfectly. At first, I thought of “Bill and Ted’s Adventure”, but Spicoli is a much better fit.

    • Linda

      I was thinking the blond surfer guy on TMZ.

      • sashay

        Yeah Max! Although Fabio seems much nicer (and less of a dick towards women).

    • snowdogsurvivor

      More like the “Shaggy” character from the Scooby-Doo cartoon.

  • Georgie

    Seriously so excited for this upcoming season… and here is my review!

    JEFF/DALTON…CBS….MARK? EDITING? Let me just say this: I have watched all seasons up to this point..and I think that I liked the start of this one….but…BUT…there was just one thing ruining it… The SOUND quality was horrible. Whoever edited the sound should be given walking papers. The music was the loudest player of the game… usually, I do not have to strain to hear the contestants or Jeff speak… this time.. I did… the voices were not very audible over the loud loud LOUD editing of the music overlay… please fix this editing for future episodes… :)

    For now…. I am giving the show a C- grade.

    • UM

      I agree, but I have noticed this a lot on other seasons. Usually when I watch tv I have my volume set to 20, for this show I set it at 48 last night. Then commercials almost make your ears bleed.

      • hickstead

        I also agree. I’ve noticed it before last night’s show, too, but last night it was particularly bad. I kept wishing I had closed-captioning on my tv. I also often have trouble hearing people talk over the environmental sounds, like the surf crashing etc. This is the only show I have this sort of problem with.

      • Travis

        LOL, I so agree with that!!

      • puppy dog

        That’s why mute buttons were invented.

    • Mike

      I’m so glad I wasn’t the only one who thought the audio was horrible. Please fix this!

    • CanadianChick

      agree completely . . . love the music but it needs to be background!

    • seattlejohn

      it’s really difficult to hear the exit interviews because the music is too loud!

      • wendy

        Youre so right Can the background music so we can hear what they are saying!! thanks

    • maria

      Why is the sound so bad? I dont get it,what is the thinking behind
      it.each yr it gets worse

  • Gus

    I would have voted Jimmy Johnson out immediately. He’s the oldest player, a bit of a blowhard, and IF he makes it to the end, of course he’ll win.

    There’s zero reason to keep him around. But Wendy shot herself in the foot during tribal by being crazy.

    • Lucy

      I know…once she said, can I say something…it was over for her. wonder who voted for Eva (I think that was her name)?

      • Coconut

        Wendy

      • Snsetblaze

        I’m betting that was Holly as a throw away vote so she could keep her word and say later to Wendy that she did not vote for her at the reunion even though it would not make a difference for the actual jury vote.

      • Snsetblaze

        I didn’t see the comment re Wendy when I posted. My tivo cut off the vote. Makes more sense – no one told Wendy since she was going so she voted for the next smallest female.

      • Sue

        Wendy voted for her. Wendy had to vote someone.

      • Julie

        Wendy voted for Yve. Everyone else voted Wendy.

      • Fudge

        Wendy was the one who cast the vote for Yva.

      • Rich

        Wow how many people were paid GOOD wages to let the sound quality of this season go to air. Were they proud of the sound checks they did? REALLY disapointed and aggrivated in watching the show, exspecially when they would go to there paying sponsors for they commercial brakes and it would blow our eardrums off.

      • sashay

        It was definitely Wendy Jo. Saw it in the voting credits at the end. Her “ally” Holly was quick to vote Wendy Jo as well. I have never seen an ally turn on their partner so quick. Even Russell waited to sound out their real views first.

    • Della

      Are u kidding me? Jimmy Johnson could be an asset to his team. The team should use him for his power and wisdom. There is plenty of time to vote him out in the end. I just hate it when men let their egos get in the way of things. The other Jimmy and Marty need to get over themselves and keep their team strong so that they can win over the younger team. USE YOUR BRAIN and leave the ego @ the door if you truly want your team to win. There is no I in TEAM!

      • duh

        Jimmy will absolutely be an asset. He’s a proven leader and winner, not to mention idolized by some on the younger tribe. Think that won’t come in handy post-merge when you might need to flip votes?

      • 190

        Maybe he doesn’t want to be called “the other Jimmy”

      • MK Mackulin

        No, but there is M & E = me! :)

      • Emil

        But in this Game, only ONE person wins, not a TEAM…

      • Just Jules

        absolutely.. although if JJ makes it to the merge.. maybe the kids will keep him around so they can say they played survivor with a football legend..

    • Suzanne

      The rest of the tribe already had their minds made up by the time they arrived at trival council, and I’m fairly certain Wendy knew that, so she didn’t have anything to lose. However, it gave me a headache just listening to her.

  • Soap On A Rope

    I enjoyed the show last night, but I can not understand why the producers always cast the young black female contestants as having some sort of attitude problem.

    • Did You Climb In From Space

      Not True… Cherie was a super likeable favourite, which, unfortunately was her undoing in Fans V Faves.

      • TheBestSurvivorToNeverPlay

        The SEARS contest winners were predetermined. CBS was supposed to choose the top ten videos that were submitted online. I cant recall how many there were. I think it was close to 2 thousand. I had seen all the videos. Out of all the videos that were submitted maybe there were 30 great ones. CBS only chose one great one and the other 9 broke rules or were crap. Jimmy T’s video was crap. They then let people vote online to determine the winner. The one great one (mathemitician) did not even win. I was not even part of the top ten but I worked hard on my video and beat the heck out of the other 9. So Jimmy T. did not win the so called “contest” he was chosen to be one of the ten. Most of the predetermined ten people were recruits. People read a Twitter message sent by one of the winners about being recruited. I don’t think Jimmy was a recruit. However I think they wanted him because he was in the local newspaper at the time because he won some type of sailing competition. He maybe a great sailor, but he sure does not know how to play the game of survivor.

      • Soap On A Rope

        Could it be that you are refering to Cirie Fields? I don’t recall anyone by the name of Cherie being a contestant.

      • Just Jules

        Cerie kicked butt!!! I still think she was one of the best players ever on Survivor.

      • Karl

        I blame the Survivor format for Cirie’s undoing in FvF. ALL THE TIME from Season 13 onward, it’s a final 3…

        then comes season 16, and cirie is set to win it all HANDS DOWN no contest, and A CURVEBALL?!

        That’s just unfair. She was one of the best players and was done in by production.

      • sashay

        I disagree. She continued the trend. Very mouthy and lazy. If I was a black woman, I would be offended by the black women they cast. Only Alicia came off well, and she was quickly voted off. (Pretty sure it was because she was so physically intimidating).

  • MCS

    I cant believe Jimmy T is actually fighting to be ‘leader’. For me, the golden rule of Survivor is ‘avoid being the tribe leader at all costs’. It rarely pays off. Sure, lead a smaller group, i think thats great, but dont say ‘everyone, this is how it is’. As soon as Jimmy T said ”i will not not be heard” that was it, i dislike him so much. Other than that, thanks Shannon for stepping into Russell’s sexist shoes.

    • Snsetblaze

      I dislike Jimmy T as well. How did he win the vote to be on the show. The other contestants must have been really awful.

      • TheBestSurvivorToNeverPlay

        I have seen all the videos that were submitted. His was crap! The top ten were predetermined. CBS let us believe it was a legit contest. Once people realized it was not legit they deleted our coments and booted lots of people off the CBS site permanantly. i worked ver hard on my video and I can say that My video was one of the best on there. It was not even considered. The had to choos the ten best. They chose mostly recruits that did not make the cut beforehand. People figured this out beacuse one of the winners was talking on Twitter.I dont think Jimmy T. was a recruit. I think they chose him because he was in his local newspaper at the time for winning some kind of sailing competition. I’m sure he’s a great sailer, but he does not know how to play the game. This was CBS’s mess! I mentioned this all last season as well. I knew that he was chosen. Nothing gets past me! Maybe CBS chose the wrong person.

      • Jen

        Nooooo! I adore Jimmy T! You just KNOW they sliced and diced and picked that one brief moment of time where he said something he shouldn’t have said and deleted everything else. I love him and hope he stays around! We’ll find out soon enough if that was a one time slip up or his ticket out of the game. GO JIMMY T!

      • sashay

        No! Don’t invite him like that. It’s still the first page of posts and already I’ve read several detailed descriptions by The Best Survivor Not To Play, about how the vote-in was fixed beforehand. I’m beginning to feel like I’m reading the Kennedy Assassination conspiracy theories….

    • TheBestSurvivorToNeverPlay

      The contest winners were predetermined. CBS was supposed to choose the top ten videos that were submitted online. I cant recall how many there were. I think it was close to 2 thousand. I had seen all the videos. Out of all the videos that were submitted maybe there were 30 great ones. CBS only chose one great one and the other 9 broke rules or were crap. Jimmy T’s video was crap. They then let people vote online to determine the winner. The one great one (mathemitician) did not even win. I was not even part of the top ten but I worked hard on my video and beat the heck out of the other 9. So Jimmy T. did not win the so called “contest” he was chosen to be one of the ten. Most of the predetermined ten people were recruits. People read a Twitter message sent by one of the winners about being recruited. I don’t think Jimmy was a recruit. However I think they wanted him because he was in the local newspaper at the time because he won some type of sailing competition. He maybe a great sailor, but he sure does not know how to play the game of survivor. I think CBS chose the wrong person!

      • Big Dave

        Give it a REST!

    • KC

      I was thinking the same thing – you do NOT want to stand out in any way especially at the start – by leading, by being overbearing, by being wacky or being weak. Just stay in the middle and you won’t even be considered because no one knows anyone else at that point anyhow.

  • Ben

    The Jimmys are the ONE THING I didn’t like about the premiere. I get it, they’re stuntcasts, so milk it — but Espada is by far the more interesting tribe and I want to hear more from the other 8.

    Like, why did Wendy Jo vote for Yve instead of JJ? Why was Wendy Jp the clear first boot? You could never tell since we had to listen to JJ over and over.

    Overall, though, refreshing premiere episode!

    • Teresa

      I have to agree with you Ben. I liked the episode as I always love Survivor… However… it was a bit too much Jimmy Johnson for me as well…

    • Pete

      WAY too much Jimmy Johnstone. I hope he’s gone soon. Stuntcasting is beneath Survivor.

      • AJ

        Or maybe Johnson was just the hook to get a bigger audience for the premiere and things will level out over the course of the show. I love JJ, but I don’t want the show to be about him either.

  • sockigal

    The last season of survivor was so great, it is a little bit of a dull start to the new season. But last season is a tough act to follow. Still need a couple of episodes to get to know the brand new tribes and personalities. That is when the show really gets interesting! Jeff- have producers every thought about doing a nerds/geeks vs jocks tribe split? It would be very interesting to see brain power vs brute strength. So happy to have Survivor Family Night back!

    • bikerval

      Yes, and have the challenges be a mix of physical and mental but change up how some of the challenges are done… for example, have each tribe be surrounded by things they can use to build shelter but have those things be so heavy that the tribe must be physically strong or use “tools” that are available to both tribes… like logs for rolling and to use as levers and a way to create wedges. Perhaps have a longer term challenge for a big prize… kind of a Swiss Family Robinson competition. “The camp that can fill a 500 gallon cistern with water first wins ___.” One team might be running back and forth with 2 gallon buckets 250 times while the other team builds a viaduct system using readily available bamboo and rope.

    • Carla in Houston

      @Sockigal – agreed, great to have Survivor back, as we watch it together as a family as well.
      Jeff, you rock as always. You know you wanted to tell Wendy to shut her pie hole! Your face said it all!
      As far as a nerds/geeks vs jocks, I would love to see that, but the challenges would have to be fair to both, equal parts brain vs muscle.
      Finally, as a Cowboys fan, I love J. Johnson and hope he stays around long enough to whip that tribe into shape. And to all the Cowboys/J. Johnson haters (including you, Dalton) – s**k it, beeyotches!!!

  • challenge

    Hi Jeff, Well Survivor Nicaragua Is Begining To Be An Interesting Season. Its Still Great To See You In Godd Health And Hosting Survivor After 11 Years.

    1 Question: With All Due Respect, What Happened To The Survivor Nicaragus Theme? I Think The Photo Shots & Scenery Were Great? But Um The Theme Music – Its The Survivor Borneo Theme.

    Is There A Surprise Planned For Viewers? Is There An Actual Theme

    I Must Say That After Watching It A Few Times And Making Comparisons With The Original Survivor Borneo Theme, It Blends Very Well.

    But Each New Season, The Survivor Theme Has A Fresh Outlook & Represents The Location While Maintaining The Basic Theme Tune.

    I Feel That Several Things ARe Missing.
    1)Nicaraguan Sounds
    2)Spanish Colonial Sounds
    3)Themes TO Represent Old Vs Young
    4) The “20 Castaways” Title Card.

    Perhaps A Fresh Theme Is Needed.

    Well Other Than That, It Was Nice Just Like Every Season Of Survivor.

    I Hope That These CAn Be Improved Upon.

    Wishing You Good Health.

    Regards,
    Challenge

    • henry

      I too feel that the Conquistador theme did not show through very strong this episode. Not since China have we had a season so culturally inspired. I’m very disappointed that the show has reverted back to using the 2000 theme song when a new Nicaraguan influence theme was already produced and ready to go. Please, in all due respect, play out the Nicaraguan theme song for Survivor Nicaragua.

    • Mel

      Nah.. I was THRILLED to hear the original music. Each season it’s been reworked and trashed. It was so refreshing to hear the original again.

      • challenge

        Some clarifications to my first post.

        1)There is supposed to be a full stop instead of the question mark

        2)item no.3 on the missing list can be eliminated from the list.

        Thanks for allowing me to make the clarification. I dont mean to be disrespectful or rude in any way.

        Regards, challenge

  • Jeff Probst

    ..and we’re off and running!
    1. Jimmy Johnson is not stunt casting. Read the blog. Never missed a second of the show. Applied 3X on his own. He brings a lot to the show in terms of life experience as well as recognition, yes. But stunt casting, no.

    • Fudge

      Kayyyyyy…
      :-)

    • Joe

      I still don’t believe that it’s not stunt casting. You mean to tell me that Jimmy Johnson made it to the “have-to-get-a-physical” point of the screening process THREE times? Thousands of people apply to be on Survivor and never even get a reply, much less make it that far even once.

      I’ve applied to be on Survivor and I’ve also never missed a second of the show. Does that mean I should get ready for my physical for next season?

      • newsongweekly

        I think the point is they didn’t seek him out. I’m sure that who he is factored into him getting further along in the screening process, but many things forward people along. There are thousands of people who have applied multiple times and made it or not made it. I think if he’s a true fan (and he says he is) then he deserves it as much as anybody else. Why should the fact that he’s famous mean he can’t have the experience? He was the first to say it’s not what he imagined it to be–even after watching. It’s kind of cool, in my opinion. And honestly–for all the football fans out there who know who he is, there are a legion of non-football fans (like me) who don’t know anything about him. He can sit there and talk about being Jimmy Johnson and winning the Superbowl until the cows come home. I look at him and just see a regular guy. Because I don’t care about football, never watch football, and never saw him in my life until he showed up on “Survivor”, so the only reason I know “who he is” is because it’s been mentioned seventy-five times on the show. And I still don’t care.

    • Loretta Pitts

      Being a Redskins fan, I hate the Cowboys, BUT I love Jimmy Johnson. How could you not?

    • Ben

      Jeff, a personal thank you for Survivor Africa and Marquesas coming out on DVD (even if you had nothing to do with it, I thank you anyway!!) Can’t wait for more of them.

      • TOS

        Ben, thanks for mentioning those! I didn’t know they were coming out. (Now if they’d just get the rest released…)

    • Tim, Rockford IL

      Jeff- going along with your theme of egos in this blog, I give props to CBS for allowing inter-network star crossover. Especially when both networks are big competitors for NFL Sunday. It is a nice thing to see and is something that will only help every party involved. I wish it happened more often!

  • challenge

    Hi Jeff, Well Survivor Nicaragua Is Begining To Be An Interesting Season. Its Still Great To See You In Godd Health And Hosting Survivor After 11 Years.
    1 Question: With All Due Respect, What Happened To The Survivor Nicaragua Theme? I Think The Photo Shots & Scenery Were Great? But Um The Theme Music – Its The Survivor Borneo Theme.
    Is There A Surprise Planned For Viewers? Is There An Actual Theme
    I Must Say That After Watching It A Few Times And Making Comparisons With The Original Survivor Borneo Theme, It Blends Very Well.
    But Each New Season, The Survivor Theme Has A Fresh Outlook & Represents The Location While Maintaining The Basic Theme Tune.
    I Feel That Several Things ARe Missing.
    1)Nicaraguan Sounds
    2)Spanish Colonial Sounds
    3)Themes TO Represent Old Vs Young
    4) The “20 Castaways” Title Card.
    Perhaps A Fresh Theme Is Needed.
    Well Other Than That, It Was Nice Just Like Every Season Of Survivor.
    I Hope That These Can Be Improved Upon.
    Wishing You Good Health.
    Please Reply.
    Regards,
    Challenge

    • Details Diva

      Your post is difficult to read – stop capitalizing every word if you actually want people to read it.

      • challenge

        Thanks for your feedback – I will definitely try my best to improve in my future posts. My Sincere Apologies.

  • Ray

    I am loving this season, I am already rooting for either Jud or Jimmy Johnson to win.

  • UM

    I was hoping for another 2 hour premier this season.

    • Tammi

      Me too!

  • challenge

    P.S My Sincere Apologies For The Spelling Errors. Still Learning How To Type

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