Reality Check: Statuses set early on new 'Survivor'
Anthony Kosar and Pittsburgh's Autumn Cook proved that two heads are better than one in the latest "Face Off" challenge. In fact, their giant had a third head on his back.
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This week, we learned from "Survivor" (CBS, Wednesdays) that the real world is just like high school.
In the first days in the Caramoan Islands for "Fans vs. Favorites," a quartet of good-looking young fans gathered in the surf to marvel at how cool they are.
Student Hope Driskill, fireman/EMT Eddie Fox, bartender Allie Pohevitz and real estate agent Reynold Toepfer declared themselves at the top of the food chain.
"Me and Hope are the two best-looking people here. And I'm not just saying that," Mr. Fox said. "That's just the way it is."
Not content with the status quo, the other women in the Fans tribe -- including Hopewell native Laura Alexander -- devised their own alliance strategy. The Fans stunned the Favorites in a come-from-behind victory in the immunity challenge. So there was no tribal council for the newbies.
Ms. Alexander wasn't featured prominently in the Season 26 opener, but as fans of "Survivor" surely know, it's always good to fly under the radar at first.
In an unfortunate coincidence, it was announced Wednesday that "Survivor" host and producer Jeff Probst's daytime talk show was canceled after airing for only a few months.
"I'm super-bummed but extremely proud," he said. "The truth is, all shows come to an end. Ours just ended a decade sooner than we had hoped."
Heads-up on 'Face Off'
It's becoming clear to the rest of the "Face Off" contestants (Syfy, Tuesdays) that working with Anthony Kosar of Victoria, Texas, is like having the prom king ask you to dance.
Mr. Kosar, 26, has won four challenges in five episodes of this new season. So it's understandable that Pittsburgh's Autumn Cook was thrilled to be his teammate this week.
In a nod/promotion to guest judge Bryan Singer's upcoming film, "Jack the Giant Slayer," teams of two had to create a giant creature sporting a minimum of two heads.
"Two heads are better than one" ... get it? Sigh.
Anyway, Ms. Cook and Mr. Kosar created a three-headed beast that might have won in any other week. But Californians Eric Fox and Kris Kobzina turned in one of the most spectacular looks in "Face Off" history. Their two-headed giant dwarfed the big model underneath, and Mr. Fox got the deserved win.
Meanwhile, Savini School grad Eric Zapata and his partner, Alam Park of Seattle, were dissed for sloppy design and execution of a giant who wore his trophy heads on his feet, like big squishy Muppets.
They were deemed safe, however, when another team turned in one of the worst looks in the show's four seasons.
Drag queen Alaska studied theater at the University of Pittsburgh, and it's clear Justin Honard is comfortable on stage. This week, the queens of "RuPaul's Drag Race" (Logo, Tuesdays) had to write and star in a children's program.
Alaska took some heat for appearing out of drag, looking like Howdy Doody, but more than made up for it as captain of the winning team.
'X Factor' auditions
Those with great X-pectations will be interested in Fox's upcoming auditions for its singing hit, "The X Factor." First up is Los Angeles (March 6) with Charleston, S.C. (March 19), New Orleans (April 14), Long Island, N.Y. (April 25), and Denver (May 14). Online auditions also are being accepted. For more information: www.thexfactorusa.com.
'Joe Schmo' catching on?
"The Joe Schmo Show" (Spike TV, Tuesdays) is all about Pittsburgh's Chase Rogan, who appears to be worrying the producers. Reality blogs online indicate the Penn State grad turned out to be more intensely competitive than expected.
He's the only one not clued in to the fact that this reality show is completely bogus.
When it is revealed (on purpose) that one of his fellow would-be bounty hunters isn't actually a widow, he says something is "off."
This week, Mr. Rogan goes as far as writing in a journal, "I've been thinking about Skylar lying, and I think she must be an actress or something. I wonder if anyone else is."
First Published February 16, 2013 12:00 am