Survivor: China is the fifteenth season of the American CBS competitive reality television series Survivor. The premiere aired September 20, 2007. Host Jeff Probst claimed the show was the first full American TV series to be filmed within China, it is the northernmost Survivor season held to date, well outside of the tropical zone. Applications were due on January 30, 2007. Around March 2007, about 800 applicants were selected for an interview by CBS. Out of those 800, about 48 semi-finalists were selected to go to Los Angeles in April–May 2007. From these semi-finalists, about 16 were selected to participate in the show between June and August 2007; the final contestants and their original tribes, Fei Long and Zhan Hu, meaning Flying Dragon and Fighting Tiger were announced on August 20, 2007. The merged tribe was Hae Da Fung, which means Black Fighting Wind, a name proposed by Peih-Gee Law; the complete season was released on DVD from CBS Home Entertainment, via Amazon.com's CreateSpace, on January 27, 2014.
It is set to have more special features than recent releases. The "Outwit, Outlast" slogan used in previous season's logos has been replaced by Chinese characters; the characters translate to "compete in intelligence", "compete in skill", "compete in endurance". Among the many aspects of Chinese culture and history included this season were a Buddhist ceremony and a 100-foot tall replica of a historic temple used for Tribal Council; each tribe received a copy of The Art of War by Sun Tzu. As stated by Probst: "Survivor is a war; the book deals with leadership. It's interesting how much it plays into the game all the way through." The show had "unprecedented access" to several historical Chinese monuments, including the Shaolin Temple and the Great Wall of China. Exile Island from the previous three seasons was not used for this season, but the Hidden Immunity Idol was still part of the game. In lieu of Exile Island, the tribes had the ability to kidnap a player from the opposing tribe as part of winning a Reward Challenge.
The kidnapped player remained with that tribe through the next Immunity Challenge and received a clue to the location of an Immunity Idol at that camp. However, this clue must be given, unread, to a member of the other tribe prior to the next Immunity Challenge. Neither of the two Idols available to the castaways were used. Three players went to the Final Tribal Council, continuing the pattern that began in Survivor: Cook Islands and again in Survivor: Fiji. Probst explained that having a final three "prohibits one person winning through to the end and taking an unlikable person with them." In the end, Todd Herzog won, defeating Courtney Yates and Amanda Kimmel by a vote of 4–2–1. During the reunion, James Clement was awarded a $100,000 prize as the most popular player in Survivor: China, beating fellow favorites Denise Martin and Peih-Gee Law. Season 15 features 16 new castaways, split into two tribes; the translation for Fei Long and Zhan Hu mean Flying Fighting Tiger respectively. The name of the merge tribe created by Peih-Gee Law, Hae Da Fung, translates to Black Fighting Wind.
Among the 16 contestants who competed in this season were poker player Jean-Robert Bellande and 2005 WWE Raw Diva Search winner Ashley Massaro. James Clement and Amanda Kimmel both returned to compete in the following season, Survivor: Micronesia; the pair returned again in 2010 for Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains along with Courtney Yates. Peih-Gee Law returned for Survivor: Cambodia. Michael "Frosti" Zernow competed in American Ninja Warrior seasons 3 to 5 The two tribes, Fei Long and Zhan Hu, were predetermined prior to the start of the game; as an added bonus for winning reward challenges was that the winning tribe was given the opportunity to kidnap a member from the losing tribe, where they would live at the winning tribe's camp until the next Immunity Challenge. This person would receive a container with a clue to the hidden immunity idol that they had to give to one of the winning tribe members. After the first 12 days, Fei Long held a slight edge thanks to the strength of James and leadership of Aaron.
A strong alliance had been formed on Fei Long between Todd, Amanda and Courtney. On Day 14, each tribe, selected two members of the other tribe to bring into theirs. Believing that James and Aaron would remain true to the other Fei Long members when the merge occurred and Peih-Gee struck a plan to lose the next Immunity Challenge on purpose so that they would be able to remove the former Fei Longs from the game. Zhan Hu would end up losing the challenge, subsequently voted Aaron out. On Fei Long, Todd had been working to find the Hidden Immunity Idol. At the next reward challenge on Day 16, Fei Long kidnapped James. With the clue from James, Todd was able to find the idol, which he gave to James to use to eliminate a Zhan Hu, told James that the same clues would apply at the Zhan Hu camp. While James found the second idol, Zhan Hu won the next immunity challenge thus rendering Todd's plan moot and leaving James with both idols; the tribes merged on Day 19, with the former Fei Longs holding a 6–4 advantage.
After voting out Jaime, Jean-Robert and Frosti, Amanda became concerned that James would not give back one of the two idols, worked with her other tribe members to blindside him, with James leaving the game with the two idols still in his possession. The remaining Fei Long held on to their lead, Todd and Courtney's alliance held strong and the three went
Beelzebub or Beelzebul is a name derived from a Philistine god worshipped in Ekron, adopted by some Abrahamic religions as a major demon. The name Beelzebub is associated with the Canaanite god Baal. In theological sources, predominantly Christian, Beelzebub is sometimes another name for the Devil, similar to Satan, he is known in demonology as one of the seven princes of Hell. The Dictionnaire Infernal describes Beelzebub as a being capable of flying, known as the "Lord of the Flyers", or the "Lord of the Flies"; the source for the name Beelzebub is in 2 Kings 1:2–3, 6, 16, written Ba'al Zəbûb, referring to a deity worshipped by the Philistines. The Hebrews called him Prince of Demons; the title Ba'al, meaning "Lord" in Ugaritic, was used in conjunction with a descriptive name of a specific god. Opinions differ on. In one understanding, Ba'al Zəbûb is translated as "lord of the flies", it was long ago suggested that there was a relationship between the Philistine god, cults of flies—referring to a view of them as pests, feasting on excrement—appearing in the Hellenic world, such as Zeus Apomyios or Myiagros.
This is confirmed by the Ugaritic text which shows Baal expelling flies which are the cause of a person's sickness. According to Francesco Saracino this series of elements may be inconclusive as evidence, but the fact that in relationship to Baal Zebub, the two constituent terms are here linked, joined by a function, typical of some divinities attested in the Mediterranean world, is a strong argument in favor of the authenticity of the name of the god of Ekron, of his possible therapeutic activities, which are implicit in 2 Kings 1:2–3, etc. Alternatively, the deity's actual name could have been Ba'al Zəbûl, "lord of the dwelling", Ba'al Zebub was a derogatory pun used by the Israelites. In regard to the god of Ekron, the belief that zebub may be the original affix to Baal and that it is a substitute for an original zbl which, after the discoveries of Ras Shamra, has been connected with the title of "prince" attributed to Baal in mythological texts. Ba'al Zebub was used in Hebrew as a pun with Ba'al Zebul, where Zebul meant "of the manor", in a derogatory manner Ba'al Zebub was used to offend the enemies of the Israelites.
The Septuagint renders the name as Baal muian. However Symmachus the Ebionite may have reflected a tradition of its offensive ancient name when he rendered it as Beelzeboul. In the Testament of Solomon, Beelzebul appears as prince of the demons and says that he was a leading heavenly angel, associated with the star Hesperus. Beelzebul here is synonymous with Lucifer. Beelzebul claims to cause destruction through tyrants, to cause demons to be worshipped among men, to excite priests to lust, to cause jealousies in cities and murders, to bring on war; the Testament of Solomon is an Old Testament pseudepigraphical work, purportedly written by King Solomon, in which Solomon describes particular demons whom he enslaved to help build the temple, with substantial Christian interpolations. In Mark 3:22, the scribes accuse Jesus of driving out demons by the power of Beelzebul, prince of demons, the name appearing in the expanded version in Matthew 12:24,27 and Luke 11:15, 18–19; the name occurs in Matthew 10:25.
Jesus knew their thoughts and said to them, "Every kingdom divided against itself will be ruined, every city or household divided against itself will not stand. If Satan drives out Satan, he is divided against himself. How can his kingdom stand? And if I drive out demons by Beelzebul, by whom do your people drive them out? So they will be your judges, but if I drive out demons by the Spirit of God the kingdom of God has come upon you." —Matthew 12:25-28 It is unknown whether Symmachus was correct in identifying these names, because we otherwise know nothing about either of them. Zeboul might derive from a slurred pronunciation of zebûb. In any case, the form Beelzebub was substituted for Beelzeboul in the Syriac translation and Latin Vulgate translation of the gospels, this substitution was repeated in the King James Version of the Bible, the resulting form Beelzeboul being unknown to Western European and descendant cultures until some more recent translations restored it. Beelzebub is identified in the New Testament as the devil, "prince of the demons".
Biblical scholar Thomas Kelly Cheyne suggested that it might be a derogatory corruption of Ba'al Zəbûl, "Lord of the High Place" or "High Lord". In Arabic translations, the name is rendered as Baʿlzabūl. Texts of the Acts of Pilate vary; the name is used by Hades as a secondary name for the Devil, but it may vary with each translation of the text. Beelzebub is described as placed high in Hell's hierarchy. According to the stories of the 16th-century occultist Johann Weyer, Beelzebub led a successful revolt against the Devil, is the chief lieutenant of Lucifer, the Emperor of Hell, presides over the Order of the Fly; the 17th-century exorcist Sebastien Michaelis, in his Admirable History, placed Beelzebub among the three most prominent fallen angels, the other two being Lucifer and Leviathan, whereas two 18th-century work
Doctor Who is a British science fiction television programme produced by the BBC since 1963. The programme depicts the adventures of a Time Lord called "the Doctor", an extraterrestrial being, to all appearances human, from the planet Gallifrey; the Doctor explores the universe in a time-travelling space ship called the TARDIS. Its exterior appears as a blue British police box, a common sight in Britain in 1963 when the series first aired. Accompanied by a number of companions, the Doctor combats a variety of foes while working to save civilisations and help people in need; the show is a significant part of British popular culture, elsewhere it has gained a cult following. It has influenced generations of British television professionals, many of whom grew up watching the series; the programme ran from 1963 to 1989. There was an unsuccessful attempt to revive regular production in 1996 with a backdoor pilot, in the form of a television film titled Doctor Who; the programme was relaunched in 2005, since has been produced in-house by BBC Wales in Cardiff.
Doctor Who has spawned numerous spin-offs, including comic books, novels, audio dramas, the television series Torchwood, The Sarah Jane Adventures, K-9, Class, has been the subject of many parodies and references in popular culture. Thirteen actors have headlined the series as the Doctor; the transition from one actor to another is written into the plot of the show with the concept of regeneration into a new incarnation, a plot device in which a Time Lord "transforms" into a new body when the current one is too badly harmed to heal normally. Each actor's portrayal is unique. Together, they form a single lifetime with a single narrative; the time-travelling feature of the plot means that different incarnations of the Doctor meet. The Doctor is portrayed by Jodie Whittaker, who took on the role after Peter Capaldi's exit in the 2017 Christmas special "Twice Upon a Time". Doctor Who follows the adventures of the title character, a rogue Time Lord from the planet Gallifrey who goes by the name "the Doctor".
The Doctor fled Gallifrey in a stolen TARDIS, a time machine that travels by materialising into and dematerialising out of the time vortex. The TARDIS has a vast interior but appears smaller on the outside, is equipped with a "chameleon circuit" intended to make the machine take on the appearance of local objects as a disguise. Across time and space, the Doctor's many incarnations find events that pique their curiosity and try to prevent evil forces from harming innocent people or changing history, using only ingenuity and minimal resources, such as the versatile sonic screwdriver; the Doctor travels alone and brings one or more companions to share these adventures. These companions are humans, owing to the Doctor's fascination with planet Earth, which leads to frequent collaborations with the international military task force UNIT when the Earth is threatened; the Doctor is centuries old and, as a Time Lord, has the ability to regenerate in case of mortal damage to the body, taking on a new appearance and personality.
The Doctor has gained numerous reoccurring enemies during their travels, including the Daleks, the Cybermen, the Master, another renegade Time Lord. Doctor Who first appeared on BBC TV at 17:16:20 GMT on Saturday, 23 November 1963, it was to be each episode 25 minutes of transmission length. Discussions and plans for the programme had been in progress for a year; the head of drama Sydney Newman was responsible for developing the programme, with the first format document for the series being written by Newman along with the head of the script department Donald Wilson and staff writer C. E. Webber. Writer Anthony Coburn, story editor David Whitaker and initial producer Verity Lambert heavily contributed to the development of the series; the programme was intended to appeal to a family audience as an educational programme using time travel as a means to explore scientific ideas and famous moments in history. On 31 July 1963, Whitaker commissioned Terry Nation to write a story under the title The Mutants.
As written, the Daleks and Thals were the victims of an alien neutron bomb attack but Nation dropped the aliens and made the Daleks the aggressors. When the script was presented to Newman and Wilson it was rejected as the programme was not permitted to contain any "bug-eyed monsters". According to producer Verity Lambert. We had a bit of a crisis of confidence. Had we had anything else ready we would have made that." Nation's script became the second Doctor. The serial introduced the eponymous aliens that would become the series' most popular monsters, was responsible for the BBC's first merchandising boom; the BBC drama department's serials division produced the programme for 26 seasons, broadcast on BBC 1. Falling viewing numbers, a decline in the public perception of the show and a less-prominent transmission slot saw production suspended in 1989 by Jonathan Powell, controller of BBC 1. Although it was cancelled with the decision not to commission a planned 27th season, which would have been broadcast in 1990, the BBC affirmed, over several ye
The Apprentice (U.S. TV series)
The Apprentice is an American reality television program that judges the business skills of a group of contestants. It has run in various formats across fifteen seasons since January 2004 on NBC; the Apprentice was created by British-born American television producer Mark Burnett. Billed as "The Ultimate Job Interview," the show features fourteen to eighteen business people who compete over the course of a season, with one contestant eliminated per episode. Contestants are split into two "corporations", with one member from each volunteering as a project manager on each new task; the corporations complete business-related tasks such as selling products, raising money for charity, or creating an advertising campaign, with one corporation selected as the winner based on objective measures and subjective opinions of the host and his advisors who monitor the teams' performance on tasks. The losing corporation attends a boardroom meeting with the show's host and their advisors to break down why they lost and determine who contributed the least to the team.
Episodes ended with the host eliminating one contestant from the competition, with the words "You're fired!" Seven of the show's seasons featured aspiring, but otherwise unknown, businesspersons who would vie for the show's prize, a one-year $250,000 starting contract to promote one of Donald Trump's properties. There have been eight seasons of The Celebrity Apprentice since 2008. In this format, several celebrities would participate to win money for their chosen charities, with the final prize being a large donation to the celebrity's charity and the title of "Apprentice". A reboot of this format, The New Celebrity Apprentice, aired in January 2017; the U. S. series originated a franchise of international television shows collectively known as The Apprentice, which has had over 20 local versions. Real estate tycoon Donald Trump was the show's host for the first fourteen seasons. After he declared his candidacy for the presidency, NBC announced that actor and former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger would become the new host of The Celebrity Apprentice, starting January 2017.
Lifestyle mogul Martha Stewart hosted the one-season spin-off The Apprentice: Martha Stewart in 2005. The Apprentice is a game show featuring season-long competitions; each season begins with a new group of contestants vying to earn a place in one of the organizations run by the host. The contestants have come from business backgrounds in various enterprises, the backgrounds including real estate, restaurant management, management consulting and marketing. During the show, the contestants live in a "penthouse suite", in New York City; the candidates are divided into two teams, treated as "corporations" within the show. These corporations select a name; each week, the teams are assigned a task and required to select one of their members to lead the team as "project manager", to take responsibility for organizing the team and making executive decisions. Tasks are business oriented and tend to highlight one of several business skills. Tasks most revolve around sales and marketing. During the tasks, the teams are visited by one of the host's "advisors" for that week.
Tasks lasted for one or two days. After the completion of the task, the teams meet with the host and his two advisers in "the boardroom". Boardroom meetings proceed in three stages. In the preliminary stage, all of the remaining candidates on both teams gather in the boardroom to be briefed on the task by the host and his advisors. Team members are asked about whether there were any strong or weak players. Teams are sometimes asked to comment on products produced by the opposing team. At the end of this stage, the host or his advisors reveal the results of the task and announce which team was the winner; the winning team wins a reward and are excused from the boardroom while the losing team returns to the boardroom for an elimination. In seasons, winning teams have been permitted to view the next stage of the boardroom on the TV in their suite; the entire losing team are confronted with their loss. They are interrogated as to the reasons for their loss and which players contributed to it or failed at the task.
For the final stage of the boardroom meeting, the project manager is asked to select a certain number of teammates to bring back into the final-stage boardroom meeting. The remaining teammates return to the suite while the project manager and the selected teammates step out of the boardroom momentarily so the host can consult with his advisors. Upon returning to the boardroom for the final stage, the host and his advisors continue interrogating the remaining players about their loss; the project manager is sometimes further interrogated about his or her choice of teammates to bring back into the boardroom. At least one project manager and/or remaining teammate is "fired" at the host's discretion, leaves the show; the host has broad discretion to fire candidates outside of this usual process, including firing multiple candidates at a time. The eliminated contestants are shown leaving the boardroom with their luggage and entering a taxi cab, during which they are given time to recount on their elimination, shown over the episode's credits.
When only three or four candidates (depending o
Weeds (TV series)
Weeds is an American dark comedy-drama television series created by Jenji Kohan for Showtime. Its central character is Nancy Botwin, a widowed mother of two boys who begins selling marijuana to support her family. Over the course of the series and her family become entangled in illegal activity; the first three seasons are set in the fictional town of Agrestic, California. During seasons four and five, the Botwins reside in the fictional town of Ren Mar in San Diego. In the sixth season, the family relocates to Seattle and Dearborn, Michigan. In between seasons six and seven, Nancy serves a prison sentence in Connecticut while her sons and brother-in-law live in Copenhagen, Denmark. At the beginning of season seven, Nancy moves into a halfway house in New York City where she reunites with her family, they live in Manhattan for the duration of the season, but relocate to Connecticut in the season seven finale and throughout season eight. The show debuted on the Showtime cable network on August 7, 2005, earning the channel's highest ratings.
The series ended with the eighth and final season on September 16, 2012. In 2012, TV Guide Network bought the airing rights, providing an edited version of the show free of charge; the show has received numerous awards, including two Satellite Awards, one Golden Globe Award, a Writers Guild of America Award, a Young Artist Award, two Emmy Awards. The show is inspired by crime series such as The Shield and The Sopranos, in the sense of an antihero serving as the protagonist while retaining an individual moral code, which goes against the norms of society; the title, according to Kohan, refers "including marijuana and widow's weeds. The basic premise, as illustrated by the lyrics of the opening song from the first three seasons as well its eighth, satirizes off-color characters struggling with faux suburban reality, in which everything is "all style, no substance". According to Kohan, she first pitched the series to HBO. Robert Greenblatt invested in the show and Showtime commissioned it. Weeds was produced by Tilted Productions in association with Lionsgate Television.
Showrunner and head writer Jenji Kohan, whose credits include Tracey Takes On... Mad About You, Sex and the City, is the executive producer of the series, alongside Roberto Benabib, of Little City fame; when asked who "...runs the writer's room?", Kohan responded by explaining how she and Benabib "tag team". The writer Matthew Salsberg and director Craig Zisk joined as executive producers in seasons. Following Zisk's departure from the series after five seasons, Mark Burley, director Scott Ellis, Lisa Vinnecour were added as executive producers. By season eight, writers Victoria Morrow and Stephen Falk became executive producers. Exterior scenes for the first two seasons were shot exclusively in Stevenson Ranch, a suburban area of Santa Clarita Valley, California; the large fountain and Agrestic sign in the opening credits of the first three seasons was shot at the corner of Stevenson Ranch Parkway and Holmes Place. The name "Stevenson Ranch" was digitally replaced with "Agrestic"; the overhead satellite view in the beginning of the credits in the first three seasons is of Calabasas Hills, a gated community in Calabasas, California.
The shot of the It's A Grind coffee shop in the introduction is of an It's A Grind in Castaic, California. The show was filmed at Red Studios known as Ren-Mar studios; the show moved to Universal Studios in Los Angeles for season 7, where it is noted on the studio tour. A version of this Wikipedia page served as the introduction for the season 5 episode titled "Where the Sidewalk Ends". For the seasonal plots, see Season 1, Season 2, Season 3, Season 4, Season 5, Season 6, Season 7, Season 8. Nancy Botwin is a single mother who lives in Agrestic—a fictional suburb of Los Angeles with her two children and Shane, aged 15 and 10, when the series begins; the pilot opens a few weeks after the untimely death of Nancy's husband Judah, who died of a heart attack while jogging with their younger son. Nancy starts to sell marijuana to maintain her upper middle-class lifestyle provided by her late husband's salary; the series follows Nancy's life as she gets drawn into the criminal system, develops a client base, starts a front to hide her selling, creates her own strain of weed called MILF, relocates her family to stay out of jail and protect her children.
Featured in the ensemble cast are her lazy, wisecracking brother-in-law Andy Botwin. The principal character is Nancy Price Botwin, a housewife from southern California who becomes a pot dealer after her husband Judah dies. Although her drug-dealing career achieves mixed success, she rises to the highest levels of an international drug-smuggling cartel. Nancy remarries three times during the series. First, she has an under-the-radar wedding with Peter Scottson, a DEA agent, killed. In season five, she marries Esteban Reyes, the fictional mayor of Tijuana and leader of a cartel, murdered by the seventh season. While in prison, Nancy establishes a long-term relationship with Zoya, a woman convicted of murdering her own boyfriend. In the series finale, which leaps forward seven years, viewers come to know that Nancy marries Rabbi David Bloom, who dies in a car accident. Throughout most of the show, Nancy shares her house with her brother-in-law Andy Botwin; when Andy arr
Dawson's Creek is an American teen drama television series about the fictional lives of a close-knit group of friends beginning in high school and continuing in college that ran from 1998 to 2003. The series stars James Van Der Beek as Dawson Leery, Katie Holmes as his best friend and love interest Joey Potter, Joshua Jackson as their fellow best friend Pacey Witter, Michelle Williams as Jen Lindley, a New York City transplant to the fictional town of Capeside, Massachusetts zip code 90108, where the series was set; the show was created by Kevin Williamson and debuted on The WB on January 20, 1998. It was filmed in Wilmington, North Carolina. Part of a new craze for teen-themed movies and television shows in America in the late 1990s, it catapulted its leads to stardom and became a defining show for The WB; the show placed at No. 90 on Entertainment Weekly's "New TV Classics" list in 2007. The series ended on May 14, 2003. During the course of the series, 128 episodes of Dawson's Creek aired over six seasons.
Ed Grady as Gramps Ryan. J. Moller. I." Brooks. J.. In what would be his first television meeting, Williamson met executive Paul Stupin and, when asked if he had ideas for a television production, Williamson came up with the idea of a teen series based on his youth growing up near a North Caroli
Sarah D. Bunting
Sarah D. Bunting known online as Sars, is an American blogger and journalist, co-founder of Television Without Pity, she has written for a number of magazines and journals, has received coverage for her website Tomato Nation. Bunting and Ariano met online on a Beverly Hills, 90210 fansite before in 1998 founding Dawson's Wrap, a website devoted to the TV soap Dawson's Creek; the site, dedicated to critical commentary on the show, expanded its coverage to more shows, was renamed Mighty Big TV and relaunched as Television Without Pity. The site became both popular with fans and influential among television executive producers and screenwriters, as evidenced in cases as when Rescue Me showrunner Peter Tolan used it to publish an open letter to fans defending the depiction of rape in a controversial episode. In a 2004 interview Bunting expressed skepticism about the effect that TWoP had on the creation of TV shows, she acknowledged nonetheless that certain shows had made evident nods toward the site's effects, including the positioning of a TWoP branded messenger bag in a background shot, a West Wing character's jibe at the moderator of a fictional internet message board "who I'm sure wears a muu-muu and chain smokes Parliaments."
Bunting described the attentions of West Wing producer Aaron Sorkin, however ambivalent, as a net positive for the site: "If we're on his radar it's a good thing. And it drove up our page views."With Ariano, Bunting published a TWoP spinoff book in 2006. The site was acquired by Bravo in 2007. Bunting founded her website, TomatoNation.com, in 1997. The site drew attention for its advice column, The Vine, which journalists described as an edgier alternative to Dear Abby and Ann Landers for younger people; as a early and prominent blog, it was among the subjects of Viviane Serfaty's 2004 book The mirror and the veil: an overview of American online diaries and blogs, in which Serfaty analysed Tomato Nation's use of humor in constructing an identity as a blogger. Bunting's account of her experiences during the 9/11 terror attacks on New York in 2001, first published at Tomato Nation, was syndicated on diarist.net and received print news attention. In 2006 Bunting participated for the first time in a bloggers' challenge coordinated by fundraising site DonorsChoose.org, which allows teachers in disadvantaged US schools to bid for private donations to fund classroom projects.
The Bloggers' Challenge invited blog fans to compete to raise greater sums in donations than could readers of other blogs. Bunting pledged to shave her head in exchange for her readership raising $30,000 in donations, she again won the 2007 contest for Tomato Nation by raising $100,000 through reader donations, from an estimated reader base of 100,000 people. The feat was repeated with a $111,000 reader donation haul in 2008, $314,158 of reader donations again won the challenge for Tomato Nation in 2009. Bunting is a contributor to Salon and New York Magazine, her original play The Famous Ghost Monologues was performed at the Abingdon Theater, off-off-Broadway, in 2004. Bunting was born and raised in New Jersey and attended Princeton University, where she majored in English Literature. Prior to the establishment of Tomato Nation she had jobs as a church secretary, a records clerk, a dealer in antique books, she lives in Brooklyn and was married in July 2013. Tomato Nation Television Without Pity