So this bummer news was officially revealed last week:
(Sure, it had been rumored for weeks, but I was really holding out hope.) Too many gimmicks, Survivor! You are this close to jumping the shark. We used to have a lot more players, but now we get ho-hum recruited casts full of bartenders and "models" from LA, while the fans almost invariably get voted out. I start every season with high hopes, but this news coupled with the Redemption Island twist (Medallion of Power, anyone?...) does not bode well.
There was a time I vowed never to watch Rob Mariano on my TV again, but then he started to win me over, but NO ONE needs to play Survivor four times. Being on competition shows has pretty much become his profession. And of course Rob's turned into a hero, Probst. He grew up. Some people, on the other hand, may get older, but remain children. Case in point: He who I have more recently hoped never to see on my TV. And RH is not a Hobbit. Hobbits are honest, sweet-tempered, good-natured and strong-hearted, none of which apply to him. How many strings are we going to pull to keep RH on until the finale this time, Burnett? Are we going to him finding barely-Hidden Immunity Idols again? And how embarrassing is it going to be when he petulantly slams your show again once he gets to the end and inevitably loses? He was such a sore loser, it was shameful.
Oh, but am I going to watch it? Of course. Is it going to make me crazy? Probably. I'm still hanging onto that old good-will-triumph-over-evil philosophy. Is it too foolish to still try to use the "I'll believe it when I see it" line?