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#1 of 397 OFFLINE   AnthonyC

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Posted August 23 2006 - 12:29 AM

I actually got up for The Early Show this time to check out confirmation of what may be the most tasteless thing this show has ever done: no, not the division by race, but the fact that they went back to 20 contestants! It should be 16 every season.

As for the race thing, I would prefer a diverse group split up randomly, and as controversial as the twist may seem, I'm definitely glad to see more minority casting, especially since it almost guarantees another minority winner.

There weren't any real stand-outs to me other than one name that I know I've heard of, so I checked IMDB: Jonathan Penner. An actor. Ugh. (Assuming it's the same one) I'll hold judgement until I read all the bios but I really wasn't that impressed with the cast, although I give them credit for the gutsy division and more diverse casting.

#2 of 397 OFFLINE   Chris_Morris

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Posted August 23 2006 - 03:37 PM

Yes it is the actor Jonathan.
While it may be good that they mixed up the races and have more minorities, they should have mixed up where people came from. 13 out of 20 are from California, and at least half of those are from LA. Posted Image

As for standouts, I'd have to go with Cao Boi (Cowboy), he seems like a cool guy to be around, and lives ~2 hours from here.

#3 of 397 OFFLINE   Michael:M

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Posted August 23 2006 - 10:45 PM

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13 out of 20 are from California, and at least half of those are from LA.

That IS disappointing. You'd think the producers understand how much having a local or regional connection to a Survivor helps.
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#4 of 397 OFFLINE   Brian^K

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Posted August 23 2006 - 10:52 PM

I think they do understand that, but I wonder to what extent there has been a disparity between the contestants and the regional break-down of the viewership.

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Posted August 23 2006 - 11:37 PM

Over half from CA? Crap. That sucks. I love it when a player is from my home state.

When does this one premiere?
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Posted August 24 2006 - 01:08 AM

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I actually got up for The Early Show this time to check out confirmation of what may be the most tasteless thing this show has ever done: no, not the division by race, but the fact that they went back to 20 contestants! It should be 16 every season.

HaHa. What a great way to start the thread. I have never been a big fan of the large cast because they always seem to throw them off in stupid ways. (Example: You didn't get picked for a team) I have also been a fan since season one and so prefer it the old way.

One thing I see happening is that they will mix up the races within 6 days of being on the island. I wish they wouldn't and would completely eliminate one team before they moved on but figure this will not stick just like last season. The older ladies lost two challeges and that was it they got everyone together to completely re-pick the tribes and divide everyone up which kind of defeated the purpose of the show.

I don't consider myself a racist but I honestly do stereotype people. At my work we (multiple colors) have been cracking up about who we think will do good and bad in what challenges. Is is politically correct? Hell No! Is it fun? You bet your butt.
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Posted August 24 2006 - 06:19 AM

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One thing I see happening is that they will mix up the races within 6 days of being on the island.

Red, I can mix those races within THREE days.
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Posted August 24 2006 - 06:40 AM

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That IS disappointing. You'd think the producers understand how much having a local or regional connection to a Survivor helps.
More so than ethnic connection?

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Posted August 24 2006 - 07:31 AM

I love the show, but I really wish we saw more average Joe's.

I just wish they would use a "lottery" system one season & see who they come up with. Drop the "casting" altogether and just draw 20 names out of the pool.

Can you imagine? Out-of-shape people, wallflowers, jerks, ugly people, young, old, idiots, grossly obese people, a little skinny college kid, alcoholics, blue collar, white collar...whatever....

That would ensure the most diverse cast of all & it would be so much more interesting. Just one season!!!

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Posted August 24 2006 - 07:35 AM

I agree with David. If I want to see Hollywood types, there are a lot of choices. I want to see joe six packs.

This race thing is going to mean bad things for the white team. They wont stand a chance. I can bet the other teams gang up on them.
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Posted August 24 2006 - 08:44 AM

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If I want to see Hollywood types, there are a lot of choices. I want to see joe six packs.

Huh? Hollywood types? I must be watching a different Survivor cos I've seen very few "Hollywood types" (whatever they are)
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Posted August 24 2006 - 09:43 AM

Hollywood type is a 20 something, model looking, babe or stud. Each season there are 2 to 4 normal people and the rest are straight out of GQ or Playboy.
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Posted August 24 2006 - 10:25 AM

It would be cool if the final four ended up being one from each starting group.
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Posted August 24 2006 - 11:25 AM

What are the races? White, Black, and Hispanic?

I hope the black people win.

That's racist.

But so is the show.

I can just see Farmer John going, "I hope dem whites when it for the confedracy."

It's a super lame idea and I HOPE they mix 'em up really soon.

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Posted August 24 2006 - 11:25 PM

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I love the show, but I really wish we saw more average Joe's.
I couldn't agree more! But they're trying to building ratings and they think the audience for these reality shows wants models showing their titties and big jocks fighting over who gets the fishing tackle.

But, yep, just one season using the lotto system mentioned above would revive this idea. Posted Image
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Posted August 24 2006 - 11:32 PM

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What are the races? White, Black, and Hispanic?

White, Black, Hispanic, and Asian

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Posted August 24 2006 - 11:35 PM

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That IS disappointing. You'd think the producers understand how much having a local or regional connection to a Survivor helps.

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More so than ethnic connection?

No, but I couldn't think of a way to write that without sounding preachy or trite. Fact is, I don't like the dividing by ethnicity. IMNSHO, race relations in the US are pretty bad. The producers can use the words "social experiment" all they want, but it was done for ratings and buzz, not altruism.

I don't think dividing by ethnic lines is bad in and of itself, but given the tense state of race relations in the US, I'd rather they did it another way.
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Posted August 25 2006 - 03:02 AM

I hope next season they divide the teams up by religion. Maybe a little mini-war will even break out.

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Posted August 25 2006 - 04:03 AM

If they ever divide teams by religious or political affiliation we won't be able to discuss the show at all!

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Posted August 25 2006 - 06:57 AM

If you guys like the average joes, you're going to love Billy--he said that his hope is to band together with all of the average joes and take out the mactors.


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