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Winner Of HubPages Contest Will Get To Be On CBS' Survivor!

Updated on April 1, 2009

 This has to be the news of the year! In order to keep up with the developments in the entertainment industry I subscribe to a service that emails me copies of all major press releases from Hollywood studios, production companies, and television networks. These press releases are usually standard boilerplate stuff about what production company is doing what to who, but this one absolutely made my hair stand up on end! Check it out!

In case you can't read it too well in the image above, I've typed in the text below:

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HUBPAGES PARTNERS WITH CBS TELEVISION AND MARK BURNETT PRODUCTIONS TO OFFER A ROLE ON REALITY TV SHOW “SURVIVOR”

LOS ANGELES, California (April 1, 2009) - Utilizing the leading online publishing platform to broaden the reach of television broadcasting, CBS Television and Mark Burnett Productions today announced an agreement with HubPages to immediately launch “The HubPages Challenge” where one winning writer on the HubPages site will participate as a contestant on “Survivor: Minna Island” for the chance to win one million dollars.

Mark Burnett is responsible for some ot TV’s biggest reality hits including “Are You Smarter Than A Fifth Grader”, “The Celebrity Apprentice”, and “Rock Band” (based on the popular video game). CBS Television is America’s leading national television network and a fixture in American homes for more than half a century. HubPages is the most read online publishing ecosystem which allows its writers to earn according to the populartity of their articles, or “Hubs”.

“This is a milestone deal that we believe affirms the viability of blending online publishing with reality television programming,” offered Emmy winner Mark Burnett. “The writer who is able to gain the most readers with an article entitled ‘Why I Want To Be On Survivor’ will join the cast of ‘Survivor: Minna Island’ on the remote South Pacific location in July, 2009, and compete for the grand prize of one million dollars.”

“The HubPages Challenge” has a deadline of May 31, 2009 and is open to any HubPages writer. Full details of the contest wil be published on HubPages on April 7, 2009.

With a goal to expand into a breadth of future broadcast-internet synergies with HubPages, CBS Television and Mark Burnett are also discussing the development of further collaborations with the online publisher with the goal of merging internet writing with reality television.

“I expect The HubPages Challenge to be a highlight of the ”Survivor: Minna Island” series which will premiere on CBS Television in February, 2010,” Mark Burnett added. “America should be very interested in seeing how an online writer is going to be able to cope with the difficult task of surviving on one of the South Pacific’s most inhospitable islands. The success of this unique crossover concept will be critical in determining the future of internet - television confluence.”

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Can you believe that? One lucky and skilled Hubber is going to get the chance to win a million bucks on Survivor! This is really the opportunity of a lifetime! I don't know about you, but I'm going to start working on my “Why I Want To Be On Survivor” Hub right this minute! Everyone I know would have their eyes pop out of their sockets if I came home with a cool million dollars after being on the best reality show on TV! This is the best news ever!

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    • Hal Licino profile imageAUTHOR

      Hal Licino 

      9 years ago from Toronto

      So it was a May's Fool Joke? :)

    • donotfear profile image

      donotfear 

      9 years ago from The Boondocks

      What a croc!! Real good April fool joke!! You had me....

    • Hal Licino profile imageAUTHOR

      Hal Licino 

      9 years ago from Toronto

      It was all in good fun! :)

    • AEvans profile image

      Julianna 

      9 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

      Oh Good Grief!!! It got past me,lolololol Oh Hal you are such a nut...lolololol :D

    • Hal Licino profile imageAUTHOR

      Hal Licino 

      9 years ago from Toronto

      Er... AEvans... check out the date, and various other hints like the names of the people listed as contacts... and the street address of HubPages which has "something" in common with Minna Island... :)

    • AEvans profile image

      Julianna 

      9 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

      Sounds quite exciting!!! I do have to admit though I know I wouldn't survive , but will certainly root for the hubber that gets there and I will definitely read their article and comment. I wish them all of the best!!!:)

    • Hal Licino profile imageAUTHOR

      Hal Licino 

      9 years ago from Toronto

      Ya? Well, I have super methane gassing powers, and a tiny coat! You stand no chance against me! As we say down on Minna Island: Yo ass is grass! :)

    • Teresa McGurk profile image

      Sheila 

      9 years ago from The Other Bangor

      I'm just amazed that you're still talking idly about your chances -- I have super psychic powers, as well as amazing survival skills, so just enjoy dreaming. I'll send a postcard. . . .

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile image

      Patty Inglish 

      9 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      For tiny coats.

    • Hal Licino profile imageAUTHOR

      Hal Licino 

      9 years ago from Toronto

      I'm sorry but I can't spare any of my antibiotics as my various contagious diseases have been running rampant lately. Have you considered using him as a coatrack? :)

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile image

      Patty Inglish 

      9 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      hahaha - As one of those myself, I will still follow the bunny rabbit rather than dead white men...Kimmosabe. :)

      Besides, those are not horns, he just has the same condition as the Tree Man of Thailand. A little surgery and antibiotics should clear him right up.

      Christoph - Of course! It is sign up for magic-super-ninja coaching classes with me Day, Just $15TrillionZillion clams. March 32!

    • Hal Licino profile imageAUTHOR

      Hal Licino 

      9 years ago from Toronto

      The day after March 31, I believe. :)

    • Christoph Reilly profile image

      Christoph Reilly 

      9 years ago from St. Louis

      Um...I've misplaced my calendar. Does anybody know today's date?

    • Hal Licino profile imageAUTHOR

      Hal Licino 

      9 years ago from Toronto

      Patty Inglish: The God fearing, faithful, church-going members of the United States of America will NEVER accept a Horned Jackalope representation of Satan Himself as their leader! :)

      spryte: I wonder if a Hubber would get so desperate they'd start scribbling on the cave walls with charcoal. And, BTW, if you want to win Survivor you'd have to get past me first! I'm going for the cool million! :)

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      spryte 

      9 years ago from Arizona, USA

      LOL! I'm trying to imagine a keyboard addicted hubber stranded on a desert island, forced to eat grubs and not have even a pencil or piece of paper on which to write of their experiences. Can you say....complete meltdown?

      :)

      But that's neither here nor there....if I were on Survivor, none of you would have a chance!! Especially if I managed to get past my nicotine and caffeine deprivation induced coma.

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile image

      Patty Inglish 

      9 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      HAH! - Hal-lo -- Place whichever pathetic portrayals of dead white men you prefer on your phony confederated scrip. The Bank Of Evilpants, which is the new One World Bank, will reject all of it. Boy Howdy! Antlers awayyyyyyy...

    • Hal Licino profile imageAUTHOR

      Hal Licino 

      9 years ago from Toronto

      jjrubio: Sure, I want to amuse, but most importantly I want to 1) Win the Contest 2) Gas my competition 3) Win the million $! :)

      Tom Rubenoff: More like a knife to an artillery practice. :)

      Laughing Mom: I hope I can count on you as one of the readers of my "Why I Want To Be On Survivor" Hub! Every page view counts! :)

      The Captain: Well, when I get on the island, I'll suggest that to Jeff Probst! :)

      Hal Worshiper: Wow! Thanks, Hal Worshiper! I knew I had Fans, I just didn't know I had Worshipers! :)

    • Hal Worshiper profile image

      Hal Worshiper 

      9 years ago

      No one can outwit, outplay, outlast this Survivor MASTER! Muahahahahaha!

      ;o)

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      The Captain 

      9 years ago from The Carribean

      I wonder if you can win challenges just by writing about them? In fact, that's how they should do the show, where all the contestents are writers, and instead of actually doing the stuff, they would have say...thirty minutes to write about how they would do it if they actually did it.

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      Laughing Mom 

      9 years ago

      I'll just root you on, Hal. Bugs aren't my style. Neither is cuddling with someone eating beans. But I think you have the stuff to win. Good luck, buddy!

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      jjrubio 

      9 years ago

      LOL!!!!

    • Tom Rubenoff profile image

      Tom Rubenoff 

      9 years ago from United States

      Ya, I'd brag about my own aromatic prowess, but it does sound a little like I'd be bringin' a knife to a gun fight.

    • Teresa McGurk profile image

      Sheila 

      9 years ago from The Other Bangor

      Luckily I hold no citizenship anywhere on the globe, so owe no entry fee (I operate under special license from Her Majesty's Govt. to roam where I please with diplomatic immunity -- and no roaming charges.) So take that, Oh would-be harbingers of doom!

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      jjrubio 

      9 years ago

      ha ha ha!! that was hillarious Tom....

      and even more so Hal!!! =P

    • Hal Licino profile imageAUTHOR

      Hal Licino 

      9 years ago from Toronto

      Tom, you'd never survive to reach for the match. You have noooooooooooo idea what sort of advanced aerosolized biological weapons issue from my nether regions. :)

    • Tom Rubenoff profile image

      Tom Rubenoff 

      9 years ago from United States

      I'd just light a match and watch you jet-propel yourself right offn that there island, bucko!

    • Hal Licino profile imageAUTHOR

      Hal Licino 

      9 years ago from Toronto

      Patty Inglish: Ha! I laugh heartily at the B.T. Evilpants attempted coup d'etat! Misha, Aya Katz, maven101 and I are currently engaged in overthrowing the corrupt socialist government of the United States and establishing the Second Republic where Jesse Helms, John Wayne and Joe McCarthy will replace the presidents on the dollar bills! :P

      Tom Rubenoff: Wait until you see what a competitor I would be! I would use tactics that no one has ever dreamed of before! I'd take out all my competitors one by one by eating extra beans and then cuddling up to them while they sleep! :)

    • Tom Rubenoff profile image

      Tom Rubenoff 

      9 years ago from United States

      I would never win. I'm always sorry for everybody. "Here, take my food." "It's ok, I'll sleep on the beach." "No, YOU go first." What a loser.

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile image

      Patty Inglish 

      9 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      Humph! - HL and TG - you are mere mosquitos to me. You each owe me the $2,000,000Trillion entrance fee, which B.T. EVILPANTS will collect because he and his shadow govt took over without your knowing it.

    • Hal Licino profile imageAUTHOR

      Hal Licino 

      9 years ago from Toronto

      Bring it on! May the best Survivor game player and backstabber win! :)

    • Teresa McGurk profile image

      Sheila 

      9 years ago from The Other Bangor

      In that case, I gotta warn you that I have a SUPER-secret-ninja-original-Japanese-kanji-writing-MUD-wrestling Award for the years 2003, 2006, and 2007 -- all granted on this very date, too. So I spit on your paltry abilities and revert to my true identity -- Master Splinter!

    • Hal Licino profile imageAUTHOR

      Hal Licino 

      9 years ago from Toronto

      Patty Inglish, you can coach my competitors as much as you want, but nothing can prepare them for the Ultimate Survivor which is going to be ME! I've got the sneakiness of Rob Mariano, the ruthlessness of Richard Hatch, and the looks of Rupert Boneham! :)

      Lgali: Sorry. I don't know what you're talking about! ;)

    • Lgali profile image

      Lgali 

      9 years ago

      nice april fool joke keep more coming

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile image

      Patty Inglish 

      9 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      I can now make more money coaching the individuals on both teams. hahahahaha

    • Hal Licino profile imageAUTHOR

      Hal Licino 

      9 years ago from Toronto

      Yes, that means that we only have two scant months to write that Hub and do everything possible to get readers to it! I want to be on Survivor so bad that I would do anything! If it takes secret-ninja-ancient-Korean-Hwarang-writing-wrestling then so be it! Not only do I want to win the million dollars but imagine what 39 days on the island eating nothing but bugs and crabs will do to my expansive waistline! :)

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      jjrubio 

      9 years ago

      Awesome!!! however I wouldn't want to "Rough it" in front of millions but for whoever wins this...I will be happy for them!!! I will stick to the lottery scratchers to win my millions! =)

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile image

      Patty Inglish 

      9 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      Muchly so, TG - your team is already defeated. hahahahaha

    • Teresa McGurk profile image

      Sheila 

      9 years ago from The Other Bangor

      April 1st?

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile image

      Patty Inglish 

      9 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      I propose to use secret-ninja-ancient-Korean-Hwarang-writing-wrestling techniques to take out both teams the first day and they will not even know it. There will be no challenge. hahahahahahahahahahahaha

      Thumbs up for great opportunity, muchly so.  

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