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    News: Outwit, outplay and outlast - eh?

    http://www.canoe.ca/JamSurvivor5/sep...vivor-sun.html

    By Steve Tilley -- Edmonton Sun
    Outwit, outplay and outlast - eh?

    Future installments of CBS's reality-TV phenom Survivor could be open to
    Canadian contestants, if series creator and executive producer Mark Burnett
    has his way.

    During a media conference call yesterday to discuss Survivor: Thailand,
    premiering tomorrow night at 9 on CBS, The Sun asked Burnett why he hasn't
    yet allowed Canadian citizens to become contestants on the show, which
    traditionally draws an even higher ratio of viewers north of the border than
    it does in United States.

    "It's a bona fide question and I don't see any reason, going forward, that
    we couldn't include a Canadian or two," said Burnett.

    "(Canada) is so closely aligned with the U.S. that it's not going to be a
    jarring thing, like putting a person on the show from China who doesn't
    speak English," Burnett said, adding he planned to discuss the idea of
    Canuck contestants with CBS president Les Moonves.

    So far the only Canadian presence on Survivor has been Survivor: The
    Australian Outback's Kel Gleason, who was punted off in the second episode
    after it was hinted he was hoarding a stash of beef jerky. Gleason, an
    American citizen who worked as a U.S. army intelligence officer, spent part
    of his childhood in New Brunswick.

    A CBS spokesman said there could be legal issues involved in allowing
    non-American citizens on the show, but Burnett vowed to pursue the matter
    anyway.

    "Americans and Canadians have the same kind of accent, a bit, apart from you
    keep saying 'eh' all the time," said Burnett.

    "I think it's a bona fide question, and I'm kind of embarrassed actually
    that we haven't attempted it before, because we have such a great viewing
    audience in Canada and I've worked there so much. So far I haven't stopped
    to think about it, and I will today."

    The tidbits Burnett spilled yesterday about Survivor: Thailand included the
    revelation that the tribes will not be divided into male and female camps,
    as was suggested by some of the CBS promos for the show, and that 90% of the
    challenges will be brand new to this series. Burnett also said the third
    episode of Survivor: Thailand will include the show's first-ever challenge
    to involve physical contact between contestants, an idea which almost
    backfired when tempers flared and things got a little rough, forcing host
    Jeff Probst to play peacemaker.

    "It got a little out of hand, and Jeff started feeling like he was
    refereeing the NFL I think," said Burnett. "Jeff was able to tone things
    down by yelling at them. I think the words he used were, 'I'm beginning to
    sound like a broken record here, guys. Chill out.'

    "Tensions run really high when big rewards or immunity are at stake, and you
    got a bunch of guys with too much testosterone running around. Trust me, it
    makes good TV, though. That's the good thing about it."

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    Thoughts, Fluff, Eny, Ducky, any other members in the Great White North?

    "Americans and Canadians have the same kind of accent, a bit, apart from you
    keep saying 'eh' all the time," said Burnett.
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    You hoser!

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    Take off, eh?
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    Cool, I hope the prize is still $1,000,000 US.
    That would be a nice additional payout for a Canadian winner.
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    Maybe, except the fine for squealing would still be $10 million US. THAT would be bad!

    Fluffles, you warmin' up the video camera for your audition tape yet?

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    A CBS spokesman said there could be legal issues involved in allowing non-American citizens on the show,
    What freaking issues? They sign the release forms like everyone else, big freaking deal. Just cause they are Canandian shouldn't make a freaking bit of difference, just because the show is run by an American company. If something happens...they sue in american court.... happens all the time!!!!CBS just doesn't want to see a Canadian win, the Crippled Brain Shits!!!
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    "Legal Issues?",
    um just to point out to the eggheads at CBS ,Kel Gleason was a mostly Canuck person. His mom was American , and had dual citizenship. He was raised in New Brunswick Canada. What's the diff?
    Course he could have sneaked it by them like Brian did with the porno thing

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    There are a ton of Canadians on this board, eh?

    Personally, I'd do it.. but being Canadian might give everyone a reason to vote me out first, so maybe not.

    I don't really mind that Canadians aren't allowed on the show. It's never really bothered me. I'd almost be afraid to see who they'd get to represent us. ::shudder::

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    Well, as long as we know where Tom Green is, I think you'd be safe.

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