Survivor’ back in Panama; It’s a battle of the ages

The Emmy Award-winning reality show “Survivor” returned last night for another round in Panama, and its 12th edition of the show.

Only this time around, the 16 contestants competing for the $1-million prize purse will be split into groups based on their ages. It’s older men versus older women, and younger men versus younger women.

This season, the subtitle is “Exile Island.” Wondering what that’s about? The show’s host Jeff Probst hit the talk shows this week to discuss the new season.

Wednesday night, he hit “Late Night with Conan O’Brien.” “We’re taking the contestants and putting them on another island,” Probst told O’Brien. “We give them nothing but a flint to start fires with.” In a new twist to the game, one contestant from the losing team will be banished to a small island miles away from the camp, which he or she will have to himself or herself, till being reunited with the team.

On the island, there will be an immunity statue. If the contestant on that island finds it, then he or she can use that for immunity in a tribal council.

That would be a good chance to put knowledge from watching previous episodes of “Survivor” and “Lost” to use.

The youngest contestants are 24 years old, and the oldest person is a 58-year-old karate instructor from Simi Valley, Calif., in what is sure to be another hard-to-watch season.

But I don’t really know which reality show is harder to watch, Fox’s “American Idol,” ABC’s “The Bachelor,” or this one.

With “Idol,” sometimes the singing and performing are so bad that I have to stop eating my dinner. And I like food. Watching “The Bachelor” is almost like watching a soap opera.

And “Survivor” makes me not ever want to go camping or traveling to other islands anymore, even though I know that when I do go, I’ll at least be able to have a bunch of things.

It kind of makes you wonder if all the challenges are worth a million dollars. I guess they are if you win.

Didn’t watch last night? Well, you can now buy the episode for $2. CBS executives announced earlier this week that the shows will be available for download on the network’s Web site, shortly after midnight following its West Coast broadcast.

Customers will be able to view paid-for episodes anytime up to 24 hours from the time it was originally ordered. The episodes will be available from today till June of this year.

In a press release, President and CEO of the CBS Corporation Leslie Moonves said, “Never before has prime-time hit programming been available for a fee on a wholly-owned Web site. It’s been our strategy to exploit content across as many platforms as possible, and putting this hugely popular series online is a natural fit.

“This is not only a boon to fans of the show, who can now watch it at their leisure, but it also represents a great way to generate traffic for CBS.com while opening a whole new revenue stream for CBS,” Moonves said.” The show airs on KGMB channel 9 at 7 p.m. Thursdays.

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