Posted 13 May 2011 - 09:05 AM
He's battled through four seasons of Survivor and competed twice with wife Amber on The Amazing Race, but 'Boston' Rob Mariano isn't done with reality TV yet.
Mariano and monster truck impresario Dennis Anderson will star in a new series for History this year, PEOPLE has learned.
In Around the World in 80 Ways, Mariano and Anderson will challenge each other to circumnavigate the globe using 80 different methods of transportation with the caveat that each cannot repeat any way twice.
"I think The Amazing Race gave me a foundation for traveling," Mariano tells PEOPLE. "However, the approach that we are taking in Around the World in 80 Ways is completely different from anything I've done before in that this show will be a celebration of transportation throughout history."
From boats to blimps to the backs of camels, is there a mode of travel Mariano fears the most? "I'm not too fond of anything that keeps me in a confined space," he says. "That is claustrophobia."
After the finale for Survivor: Redemption Island airs on May 14, Mariano will start production with Anderson, the creator and driver of the monster truck called Gravedigger.
Meanwhile, Amber, the winner of Survivor: All-Stars, will stay home with daughters Lucia Rose, 21 months, and Carina Rose, 4 months.
"Being away from my family is always the toughest part about doing these shows," Mariano says. "Luckily, I have a wonderful wife that understands my thirst for adventure and consistently supports me in my quests." //
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Posted 15 May 2011 - 07:29 AM
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Rob has definitely made a career out of Survivor and now it looks like he will continue as a professional game show/reality show host/player. It's ok with me if people want to watch it...probably better than 1/2 the stuff on TV now days, so more power to him, and at least he and Amber aren't (I don't think so anyway) on welfare in between Rob trying to win Survivor.
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Posted 16 May 2011 - 06:43 AM
As good as Rob's game was (and it was very VERY good, both in terms of competing and the social manipulation aspect), and even without the giant target on his back which he brought with him into this game, the one vulnerable weakness of it was that he had to win final immunity to assure being in the final. Natalie and Philip had that covered. They knew that Rob or Ashley, who had the most chance to win final immunity, would both take them. (I think if Natalie had somehow miraculously won, she would have ousted Philip, unless Ashley could somehow have convinced her to take Rob out.)
Still, Rob managed to win it when it counted.
He was really close to winning the immunity the time before that as well.
Although I think that it is safe to say that Rob will never again feel the need to play Survivor again, having finally accomplished his goal to the fullest extent possible, I can imagine him coming back 10 years from now to have another go more for nostalgia's sake than anything else. (The glory of his youth, and all that.)
Another thing that I wondered about was the whole Grant thing.
In the episode that Grant was voted out, Rob had not been planning to go that way at all.
The only reason it happened was because Ashley won immunity.
So, when exactly was Rob planning to get rid of Grant, then?
Take him all the way to the end? I think not!
So, although that's how it went down, and Grant could blame Ashley indirectly, had he survived that vote, he would probably have been given the boot in one of the following ones, and it would have been a much dirtier betrayal.
And thank you for a greatly entertaining season.
Posted 16 May 2011 - 01:31 PM
I think Rob has done a great job out of making reality a job.
Other might try:
Like Richard Hatch - Absolute loathe him on Celebrity Aprentice (maybe they should have Benie Madoff come on to show how business should really be handled).
Like Jeff Schroeder - I Like Jeff but sorry his internet show never hit my screen once.
But Rob has the IT factor - he can be the Guy Fieri of non-food shows.
I liked the show he had when he and Amber went to Vegas.
I might even watch the History channel show "Around the World in 80 ways.
And while I don't want to say it too loud - Rob might be one of the only people I would watch if Jeff Probst moved on.
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