I think I know why this show has gone off the rails in the past few seasons. They aren't casting "regular" people that you can relate to as a viewer. No amount of rule changes can hide this fact.
At least 75% of the men and women look like they could be models - even one of the older ladies is smoking hot with giant fake boobs. As much as I like staring at hotties in bikinis all season it's just too much. It is the same (kind of dumb, kind of boring) "character" over and over and over. I think when Jenna and Heidi took off their clothes for the chocolate and peanut butter Survivor jumped the casting shark.
Also, Colton is embarrassing and awful. I'm sure there are tons of gay viewers out there who are pissed off because this is how they are being portrayed. That dude is a mess and doesn't seem like he could function properly in every day life - never mind in the game of Survivor.
The casting just sucks and this is why the show is floundering. It's like The Real World all over again.
They are tossing in "real" people into the mix, though there's a higher proportion of the "model" types that were an issue with S2 or S3 when there was a lot of "pretty" people into the mix that were mostly 20-somethings.
Said "old chick with big boobs" is the wife of Brad Culpepper formerly from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers:http://www.tampabay....ar-cbs-survivor
There's certainly a decrease of brains and increase of boobs in this show, no question. When we had the scene on last week's episode with that annoying arrogant guy talking about his alliance and all four of them were walking around shirtless, it looked like an Abercrombie and Fitch ad.
I'm just glad they didn't cast some former contestants this time around and Redemption Island is done with. Both of those items are well done in the "jumped the shark" category.
I would have to think that Colton is an attempt to have a Cochrane-type character like we had from last season, though make him gay. Real smart, CBS.
He is painful to watch and seeing his clinging behavior around the womens' camp was even more painful to watch.
The women certainly aren't winning any points in the brains department with the way they're playing. No question there.
Regardless, we're still watching, aren't we?