PODCAST PREVIEW | We’re simulating a “Survivor” season with the pop-culture personalities who defined our show

Here are the contestants in tonight’s BrantSteele.com Survivor “Heroes vs. Villians” simulation.

The contestants are based on pop culture and news topics we’ve discussed over the first 18 months of our podcast.

The champ will win $1 million in fake World of Pugh money.

You can check out our live video podcast with the simulation at 9:30 p.m. July 28 here.

Here is a look at the contestants.


julie andrews

Julie Andrews

WHY SHE’LL WIN:  She’s probably the most famous contestant on our list. She can tell lots of stories and the late-night sing-a-longs will be fantastic.

WHY SHE WON’T WIN: She’s probably the most famous contestant on our list. Yes, this can work against her. No other contestant wants to face off against her in the final two.

mr. rogers

Mr. Rogers action star

WHY HE’LL WIN:  He’s the nicest guy in the world and if we had our way, he would be the toughest as well.

WHY HE WON’T WIN: He may be too nice to scheme against others in Survivor.


Amy Acton

WHY SHE’LL WIN: She’s popular and her style can help her tribe deal with issues they may face,

WHY HE WON’T WIN: She’s open to being blindsided by those who don’t like her.


Mike DeWine

WHY HE’LL WIN: He’s willing to adapt to tough situations.

WHY HE WON’T WIN: People either love or hate him. Nothing in between.

Dancing Sean Spicer

Dancing Sean Spicer 

WHY HE’LL WIN: He has a great self-deprecating sense of humor and wears fun clothes.

WHY HE WON’T WIN: I can’t see other contestants who voted for President Trump supporting him.

mr. heini

Mr. Heini

WHY HE’LL WIN: Anyone who opens a cheese shop in Amish Country named Heini’s is my hero.

WHY HE WON’T WIN: Has an Amish person ever won Survivor?



George Costanza

WHY HE’LL WIN: He’s fun, loyal and could be the life of the party.

WHY HE WON’T WIN: Not sure if his other contestants will like the fact he may have killed his fiancé Susan,

buggs bunny 

Buggs Bunny

WHY HE’LL WIN: He’s Buggs Bunny. How can you vote against him?

WHY HE WON’T WIN: As we’ve discussed on the podcast, Buggs needs a girlfriend, so a showmance may bring him down.


Gareth Marks (who played who played Arny Goldstein, a Jewish neighbor to Adolph Hitler in “Heil Honey, I’m Home”)

WHY HE’LL WIN: He had an unfortunate role in a forgettable sitcom. He deserves a break.

WHY HE WON’T WIN: Some may question his choices after agreeing to appear in “Heil Honey, I’m Home.”


Rivers Cuomo (lead singer of Weezer)

WHY HE’LL WIN: He’s the best musician on our cast, The late-night songs with Julie Andrews will be amazing.

WHY HE WON’T WIN: He may not be as compelling as our other heroes.



My cat Nelly

WHY SHE’LL WIN: She’s pretty sneaky. She snuck into our studio before our interview with Libertarian vice presidential candidate Spike Cohen and made her presence known.

WHY SHE WON’T WIN: She’s a cat. What would she do with a million dollars?


My dog Mocha

WHY SHE’LL WIN:  She’ll be 12 in a few weeks (which is 84 in people years). Isn’t it time an elderly contestant wins in Survivor?

WHY SHE WON’T WIN: Her bark is a lot worse than her bite.

jerry seinfeld

Jerry Seinfeld

WHY HE’LL WIN: He’s Jerry Seinfeld. He will keep the other contestants laughing throughout the show.

WHY HE WON’T WIN:  He’s Jerry Seinfeld. For some, a little Jerry Seinfeld can go a long way.

mrs. meers

Mrs.Meers from “Throughly Modern Millie”

WHY SHE’LL WIN: She’s a true villain who will stop at nothing to get her way.

WHY SHE WON’T WIN: Based on her Asian costume in “Throughly Modern Millie,” she’s going to have a tough time deceiving people.


Naked fisherman

WHY HE’LL WIN: He’s crazy enough to do anything to win votes.

WHY HE WON’T WIN: He definitely won’t win support if he strips naked on the show.

Mason Rudolph

Mason Rudolph

WHY HE’LL WIN: He’s ready for a comeback after being attacked during – and after the game – by Myles Garrett.

WHY HE WON’T WIN: Will people believe him?

myles garrett

Myles Garrett

WHY HE’LL WIN: He’s been resting after his suspension. He’s ready to play.

WHY HE WON’T WIN: He just signed a $125 million contract. Why does he need another million dollars?

Neil mccaul

Neil McCaul

WHY HE’LL WIN: I feel bad for him. He played Adolph Hitler in “Heil Honey, I’m Home,” which has been called by many the worst sitcom in television history.

WHY HE WON’T WIN: The Hitler thing will be a strike against him in the vote.

Jonah Hill

Brundon (portrayed by Jonah Hill in “Night at the Museum)

WHY HE’LL WIN: When it comes to villains, he’s more popular than many of our other villains.

WHY HE WON’T WIN: He’s a lot less popular than the heroes on our show.

Ching Shih


WHY SHE’LL WIN: She was a prostitute-turned-pirate-lord. No one has a better story.

WHY SHE WON’T WIN: She’s been dead for about 200 years. Her hologram may prove to be distracting in the future.

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