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    CBS' master plan for ratings?

    I'm beginning to wonder if casting these losers is part of CBS' ratings strategy. Correct me if I'm wrong, but I don't remember CBS ever releasing the names, photos, etc, of the castaways 2+ weeks early. Now add in the controversy regarding Christa, Ryan, Ryan, and Jon and you have a heck of a lot of buzz going on. CBS is getting 2 weeks of "free" publicity and media hype, and I bet more people than ever will tune in to the premiere because of it. Maybe they had complete knowledge of the backgrounds of these folks. Surely they have the skill and resources to uncover these stories themselves. It is hard to believe they'd actually want a possible neo-nazi on board, though.

    The other possibility is that CBS and MB are either incredibly stupid or incredibly lucky.

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    CBS always, for every season, releases the cast list 3 weeks prior to the show starting.

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    How'd I miss that every season? Okay, so that points less towards publicity stunt and more toward CBS' really bad researchers.

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    I honestly think that CBS knew about all of this stuff, but either didn't worry about it too much (really, in the scheme of things, who cares about Jon's DUI or Ryan O's arrest?), or wanted the discussions to happen.

    I have to believe, that after 7 seasons of Survivor, and all the spoiling that goes along with it, that Mark is pretty careful about his background checks these days.

    I could be wrong, though. In which case, those background checkers need to be fired. I hear Fox is looking for shoddy background checkers. There IS another Joe Millionaire coming, after all.

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    Really what they want is scandal. But they want the scandals all properly staggered, so that interest in the show is kept up. So either there is yet more to dig up, or they've been frustrated by so many scandals all at once up front.

    Then again... as bad as a Porn Star was... a hardcore druggie is worse. And worse yet... a skinhead/former goth combo. That may be going a bit TOO far.

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    You need to have some "controversy" or else everyone will be bland. Brian was a "Skinemax" porn star, but he was somewhat bland and that entire show was somewhat too. I don't think the controversies matter, but the personalities do. (as long as that personality isn't a child molestor or something)
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    Quote Originally Posted by brusch
    You need to have some "controversy" or else everyone will be bland. Brian was a "Skinemax" porn star, but he was somewhat bland and that entire show was somewhat too. I don't think the controversies matter, but the personalities do. (as long as that personality isn't a child molestor or something)
    A Nazi in training is really no better than a child molestor, at least in belief if not in actual deeds, since presumably she never went out and actually killed a Jewish person. There is a line, I think. You want interesting people. Heck, you probably want controvertial people, but do you, the network exec, really want a person guilty of either criminal and/or morally reprehensible behavior? Probably not--if just for practical reasons concerning advertisers. The Porn Star thing, for all the hype that it got, was basically harmless. Sure, he offended some people's morality. But the idea probably titalated just as many people. A white supremicist? Yeah, that will get the right part of the "buying" public to come out and buy the stuff your advertisers want to sell!!!

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    I don't want to pick nits really, because I think it was idiotic of her to say, but she is not a "Nazi in training", she simply stated that she prefers to hang around people like herself. That's not morally reprehensible, it's just a choice some people make, and a tiny few say out loud.

    But, like I said, it's a nit not much worth my picking.

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