Lisa Whelchel is clearly determined to rule every single television genre. She became a star playing snooty Blair Warner on The Facts of Life, and then lasted all 39 days on Survivor: Philippines. Now she is ready to embark on her third act: talk show host. Starting on Monday, Whelchel will be appearing as a sidekick to her former Survivor lord and master for a still-to-be-determined number of episodes as she begins a stint cohosting on The Jeff Probst Show.
How did it happen? And what the heck is she going to be doing on the show? The former sitcom and reality star calls into the InsideTV Podcast to give all the scoop on her new gig and talk about what other opportunities she may be pursuing in the future. (Might Lisa make a return to scripted fare?) Of course, we also ask her to look back at her experience out on the island: Was it what she expected? Which of her castmates does she still consider good friends? And would she ever go back to play again for the million dollars? American’s sweetheart reveals all! (The Lisa Whelchel interview begins at 33:00.)
But we begin this week’s podcast by breaking down the new Survivor cast. The full list of Survivor: Caramoan — Fans vs. Favorites players was just announced, and Jessica Shaw and I go through each of the returnees, discussing which ones we are glad to see back and how they may do in the game the second time around.
To join in the fun, just click on the audio player icon below. Or, since we’re on iTunes, you can subscribe for free and take the podcast with you. No iTunes? No problem. You can also download the entire podcast right here. And to send a question to the InsideTV Podcast team, follow us on Twitter @InsideTVPodcast. But first let us know what you think: Will you watch Lisa cohosting on The Jeff Probst Show? And do you want to see her again on Survivor? Speaking of Survivor, what are your thoughts on the new cast? The message boards are open for business! Also make sure to read our new Survivor cast announcement with exclusive intel from host Jeff Probst. Okay, listen in to hear Lisa in all her glory and see if you agree with our Survivor assessment!