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Even though he’s already seen a contestant medivaced out of the Australian Outback after falling into a fire (you can relive that moment after the jump), Survivor‘s said last night’s incident with Russell Swan frightened him. “It was the scariest moment I’ve ever had on this show…nineteen seasons I have never been more afraid in my life of how bad things were.”

During a reward challenge, Swan collapsed in the middle of the competition due to hydration. Although the severity of the problem was initially unclear (all of the survivors were blindfolded), Probst immediately paused the challenge once he recognized the situation. The challenge was later canceled altogether.

“For the next 45 minutes we monitored Russell’s vital signs. We gave him water from his canteen. We gave him oxygen. We propped him up and gave him time to try to relax and get calm,” Probst detailed for Entertainment Weekly. Although there are times contestants return to the game after a visit with medics, the 42-year-old attorney was never given a choice. An unexpected drop in blood pressure forced the producers to end Swan’s run for him.

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30 Rock has no problems attracting guest stars and earning Emmys—so why does it continue to struggle in the ratings? Last night’s Season 4 premiere found itself down 27% in the demo from this same time last year. It also lost over 20% of The Office‘s viewers.

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A mysterious new program (FlashForward), a tragic storyline (Grey’s Anatomy) and a slumping series (CSI) combined to give ABC wins in both the viewers and demos this Thursday.

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61st Annual Emmy Awards

Could the be another year for firsts?

Around this same time last September, the execs of basic cable were thrilled to see one of their own finally win the Emmy for Outstanding Drama Series (Mad Men). Meanwhile, producers of reality fare saw an award given to one of their hosts (Jeff Probst). So which other category could be covered during this round? Animation.

For the first time since 1961 (when The Flintstones were still on air), an animated program has been nominated for Outstanding Comedy Series. So will Family Guy finally go where The Simpsons has never gone before? Not if the six other contenders have anything to say about it!

So who won? Who lost? Which funnyman took home the award for Outstanding Supporting Actor since Jeremy Piven wasn’t even nominated? Read our West Coast play-by-play account of this evening’s telecast and find out!

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Increased competition resulted in interesting results for yesterday’s programs. For the first time in days, The Jay Leno Show saw numbers under 10 million. Meanwhile, The Vampire Diaries - last Thursday’s record breaker - came packed with a little less bite. At the end of the evening, CBS was on top with the viewers while FOX was first in the demos.

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  • The premiere of Survivor: Samoa (11.5 million, 3.5/11 in 18-49) had the smallest audience in Survivor debut history.
  • Approximately 11 million watched the debut of Bones (3.0/9).
  • SNL Weekend Update Thursday (2.0/7) got 5.7 million warmed up for the night; Parks and Recreation (2.1/6) followed with 5 million.
  • The first hour of Grey’s Anatomy* (1.2/4) picked up 4.3 million.
  • The Vampire Diaries (3.8 million, 1.6/5) lost 1 million since last Thursday.

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UPDATE: Richard’s sister and attorney claim the arrest was a result of him doing the interview.

is having a very interesting day.

Early Tuesday morning, Hatch’s interview with Matt Lauer - the one where he claimed homosexuality was a factor in his wrongful conviction - aired on the Today show. Hours later, the winner was once again behind bars.

Richard, who recently served nearly four years in prison on tax evasion charges, had been under house arrest at his sister’s home in Newport, R.I. Although he was due to be released from home confinement on Oct. 7, he was picked up by authorities today for reasons undisclosed by federal authorities.

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Rob and Amber

You may remember Rob and Amber Mariano from the two weeks where they stole every single magazine cover in the industry, just after the end of Survivor: All Stars. The pair met and fell in love while filming the reality series, which they went on to win. On the final grand finale for the season, Amber Brkich walked away with $1 million… and an engagement ring from “Boston Rob.” They were soon married on a TV special that detailed their wedding plans and celebration.

The pair went on to second-place success on before they starred in ten episodes of their own reality series, Rob and Amber: Against the Odds. Now, the super couple has added a new member to their team of two: their first baby.

Lucia Rose Mariano was born July 4 in Florida, where the couple now lives. “We are over the moon with happiness at her arrival,” said Rob of the happy event.

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America's Got Talent

Okay - so most of our favorite shows are gone now. But that doesn’t mean our summer has to completely suck.

Never got a chance to watch during the regular season? Here’s your chance to catch up! Like to see people embarrass themselves? Then might be the perfect summer treat! Missing both American Idol and Dancing with the Stars? Then is just the ticket for you!

Hopefully our detailed guide can assist you in the weeks to come.  We have compiled information from the five major networks and included the days, times and premiere dates for this season’s programs.

(NOTE: This schedule has been updated as of August 19. Don’t be surprised to see changes in the weeks to come.)

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A little bit of good news and bad news for ABC and CBS last night. Although they both had wins (ABC with the 18-49s; CBS with the viewers), Desperate Housewives and Survivor had their lowest closing demos to date.

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Things may have looked grim for the characters of Grey’s Anatomy, but the show looked alive and well last night. The program - Thursday’s top performer - had its best demo performance in 3 months and its largest audience since last fall’s premiere. The weeper gave ABC wins in both the viewers and the 18-49ers yesterday.

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