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The 25 Greatest ‘Survivor’ Contestants Ever?

Tonight’s the big Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains premiere (8PM ET, CBS), and in honor of this all-star season (the show’s 20th season, by the way), my pop culture-lovin’ pal and blogmaster Scooter McGavin has polled his fellow bloggers – yours truly included – to compile a list of the 25 best Survivor competitors ever.

So, without further ado, the list:

1 – Richard HatchBorneo (w) / All-Stars
2 – Russell HantzSamoa / Heroes vs. Villains
3 – Rob MarianoMarquesas / All-Stars / Heroes vs. Villains
4 – Rob CesterniroThe Amazon / All-Stars
5 – Tom WestmanPalau (w) / Heroes vs. Villains
6 – Todd HerzogChina (w)
7 – Yau-Man ChanFiji / Micronesia
8 – Amanda KimmelChina / Micronesia / Heroes vs. Villains
9 – Yul KwonCook Islands (w)
10 – Stephen FishbachTocantins

Want the rest of the list? Ya gotta visit Scooter McGavin’s 9th Green to get the rest of the goods!

Scooter compiled the poll with his own list, as well as input from Dan at TiFauxVance from Tapeworthy, his resident Survivor fanatic Doug and me.

So, what would your top 25 look like? Do you agree original Survivor winner, Richard Hatch, is the best Survivor competitor of all time? If not, who would top your list?

PS – Isn’t it funny that the top three on the list are all considered “villains”? They are the most fun to watch …

PSS – The “w” beside some of the names denotes that he or she won that season of the show.

PSSS – Anyone care to predict who will emerge victorious on Heroes vs. Villains?

Channel Surfing – July 13

All the tube news that’s fit to surf …

– Despite the fact that he accused them of cheating and of promising to pay the taxes on his $1 million winnings (the taxes that he didn’t pay, which led to a lengthy jail sentence), Survivor producers have invited first season winner Richard Hatch to participate in the special 10th anniversary Survivor season that begins filming in Samoa next month.

– TLC may forge ahead with a reality series that follows the non-Michael members of the Jackson family.

– It’s all about SpongeBob SquarePants this week, as the Sunday New York Times and Advertising Age chronicle how the show became an $8 billion pop culture phenomenon. Nickelodeon marks the show’s 10th anniversary with a 50-episode marathon that kicks off on Friday and includes 10 new episodes.

– Guest star alert: Eric McCormack will follow his role on Law & Order: SVU with a recurring gig on The New Adventures of Old Christine (where he’ll play a therapist and love interest for Julia Louis-Dreyfus‘ Christine), while Matt Damon and Kobe Bryant will guest star on the season finale of Entourage.

– Another reality TV star is headed for the political arena, as The Apprentice winner Randall Pinkett may run for New Jersey Lt. Gov. alongside current N.J. governor Jon Corzine.

– Another boob tube-to-big-screen movie on the way: A live-action version of Hong Kong Phooey, the awesome 1974-76 ‘toon about police station janitor pooch Penry, who hops into a file cabinet to change into his secret identity, crimefighter Hong Kong Phooey.

Al Pacino, John Goodman and Susan Sarandon will co-star in HBO’s biopic of “suicide doc” Jack Kevorkian.

The Wendy Williams Show premieres today.

24 alum Jeffrey Nordling will play Drea De Matteo‘s hubby on the new season of Desperate Housewives.

– NBC will delay the premiere of its series adaptation of the 1989 hit movie Parenthood while series star Maura Tierney deals with an undisclosed illness. UPDATE: Tierney has released a statement, confirming that she will undergo surgery to have a breast tumor removed.

– It’s official: Ryan Seacrest just tripled his salary.

– The networks are really not having a great summer. USA Today reports that the three weeks ending July 5 were the lowest-rated in history for the major broadcast networks.

– HBO’s got Big Love, and Showtime is developing its own religion-themed series. The show, created by Dirty Sexy Money creator (and former minister) Craig Wright, will revolve around an “unconventional” minister who moves to Texas with his kids after his wife dies.

– And tonight in primetime:
The Great American Road Trip (8PM ET, NBC) hits the Gateway Arch and Branson in Missouri
– It’s down to three on The Bachelorette (8PM, ABC)
– ABC Family has a new ep of The Secret Life of the American Teenager (8PM)
– Pope joins Brenda’s team on The Closer (9PM, TNT)
– It’s all about chocolate with a trip to Ghirardelli Square on Unwrapped (9PM, Food Network)
Teddy in His Own Words (9PM, HBO) finds Sen. Ted Kennedy narrating a documentary about himself
– Anthony’s sampling the cuisine in Chile on a new Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations (10PM, Travel Channel)
– There’s a weight-loss contest at Carlos Bakery on Cake Boss (10PM, TLC)
–  Jerry defends a guy who ran over an attorney on Raising the Bar (10PM, TNT)
Rosie O’Donnell and Gloria Estefan hang with Kathy Griffin on My Life on the D-List (10PM, Bravo)
– Nancy gets an interesting offer from her babydaddy on Weeds (10PM, Showtime)
– Jackie gets an interesting request from a former co-worker on Nurse Jackie (10:30PM, Showtime)

Channel Surfing – June 5

All the tube news that’s fit to surf …

– The fact that Neil Patrick Harris is hosting this year’s Tony Awards (Sunday, CBS, 8PM ET) makes it the first Tonys show I’ve had any interest in watching, and the “Top 10 Signs You’ve Hired a Bad Tony Awards Host” list that NPH delivered on Late Show with David Letterman last night made me that much more excited to see how the How I Met Your Mother star can liven up the event. The list, BTW, was one of the best recent Top 10s, particularly the cheeky nods to the Eminem/Bruno brouhaha and the Jeremy Piven Broadway scandal.

– Speaking of award show hosts, Craig Ferguson as Emmy host? Yes, that should definitely happen.

– Ovation TV will air a documentary tribute to the late Heath Ledger this summer.

Kung Fu star David Carradine‘s death may have taken a turn from sad to sad and creepy.

– Were the Dawson’s Creek kids really “four monstrous actors” once they got crazy famous on the show? A DC showrunner says so.

– If you haven’t read producer Josh Friedman‘s blog post about the end of Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, check it out now. It’s hilarious, and sad, and is a reminder of how, no matter how much a fan base may love a show, it always comes down to business.

The Shield leads all nominees for the Television Critics Association Awards, and if that makes you realize how much you miss Vic Mackey and the gang, check out what the cast says about the possibility of a big-screen Shield movie. Do we dare to hope?

– Guess who’ll be back on the island – or somewhere in the Lost universe – for the sixth and final season? Aaron’s mama Claire.

– And an article in Newsweek about how reality TV makes women look stupid makes some interesting points, though I’d suggest the author watch a couple of episodes of The Hills. From Spencer Pratt to Justin Bobby, and almost every other dude in between, these aren’t exactly flattering portraits of the American male, either. Not to mention Jon Gosselin, at least half the male Real World-ers, Danny Bonaduce, Flavor Flav, Survivor‘s “Johnny Fairplay” …

Channel Surfing – May 19

All the tube news that’s fit to surf …

Law & Order will go for a 20th season on NBC, tying it with classic CBS western Gunsmoke as the longest-running primetime drama.

– Here’s a sneak peek at Fox’s new fall shows, including the awesome Human Target and The Cleveland Show.

The View co-host Sherri Shepherd will have to split her time between her daytime gig and her new Lifetime sitcom, Sherri, which was picked up by Lifetime today. The autobiographical-ish comedy revolves around Shepherd’s character dealing with her husband’s infidelity by inviting his babymama and her baby to move in with her.

– Send good thoughts to Survivor champ Ethan Zohn, who’s battling a rare form of Hodgkin’s disease.

Conan O’Brien‘s first Tonight Show guests on June 1: Will Ferrell and Pearl Jam.

24 season eight will premiere on Fox with a two-night, four-hour event that kicks off on Jan. 17. Only eight more months to go! Season seven, BTW, even though it just ended last night, is already on DVD today.

– It’s a buzzkill that ABC cancelled Samantha Who?. Here’s hoping Christina Applegate is back on the tube ASAP.

G4’s summer line-up will include series about wannabe poker champs in 2 Months, $2 Million, and comedians commenting on “outrageous clips from women around the world participating in unusual activities” in The International Sexy Ladies Show.

Ricky Gervais will create an animated series for HBO, based on his popular and hilarious podcasts with pals Stephen Merchant and Karl Pilkington.

Grey’s Anatomy and Private Practice creator Shonda Rhimes‘ new series Inside the Box, about a Washington DC newsroom, didn’t make the cut for ABC’s fall schedule, and has, according to Deadline Hollywood Daily, been sent back for “redevelopment.” Maybe execs just realized that both of her existing series were so lame this season that they require her attention more?

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