UPN banking on Tyra, and why `Survivor' went boy/girl
By CHUCK BARNEY
Knight Ridder Newspapers
Notes and quotes from television's midseason press tour:
The decision to turn the upcoming sixth edition of "Survivor" into a battle-of-the-sexes format apparently led to some interesting group dynamics, according to host Jeff Probst.
"The way they interacted together was very different," says Probst, whose show returns Feb. 13. "With the males, you had guys who couldn't help themselves from sort of establishing turf -- you know: `I'm stronger. I'm the leader.' Meanwhile, the women just seemed to naturally bond a little better, and how that plays out over the series has a big impact."
Probst also noted that keeping the tribes divided along gender lines intensified the sexual tension.
"It just kept building and building and building," he said. "And when they (the tribes) did get together, it was like a mixer."