February 23, 2001 |
The slaughter of a wild pig for food on the Feb. 15 episode of "Survivor: The Australian Outback" is drawing outrage from animal rights groups. "Taking a life for crass entertainment is wrong," Gretchen Wyler, president of the Ark Trust in Los Angeles, said this week. She added: "Killing for titillation is wrong. Killing for ratings is wrong." And killing for food is wrong, some of us believe. Although Wyler's logic is unassailable, I'm of two minds about the "Survivor" episode.
May 5, 2001 |
It was Harold Greene, anchor of the KCBS-TV 11 p.m. "news," who alerted me to the situation. This was Tuesday night, and "The Station of the People" had just finished a segment on how "Survivor" castoff Jerri Manthey's star was rising in Hollywood. (As proof, she's appearing in a production of the play "Lady Macbeth Gets a Divorce" at the Beverly Hills Playhouse.) After the piece, co-anchor Gretchen Carr read a teaser for Thursday night's "Survivor" finale.
March 12, 2005 |
Richard Hatch, the first winner of CBS' "Survivor," said Friday he thought the network was responsible for paying the taxes on his $1-million prize and that's why he didn't pay them. He told an interviewer he was "absolutely not guilty." Prosecutors have charged Hatch with filing false 2000 and 2001 tax returns, omitting his income from the reality show, as well as $321,000 he was paid by a Boston radio station. Hatch, who lives in Newport, R.I.
December 21, 2002 |
The final installment of CBS' unscripted series "Survivor: Thailand" conquered its competition Thursday night, beating the other three major networks combined both in audience size and key demographics, according to figures released Friday by Nielsen Media Research. The two-hour installment was watched by more than 24 million viewers. Still, that was about 1 million fewer than tuned in for the finale of "Survivor: Marquesas" last May.
August 31, 2006 |
General Motors Corp. has ended its sponsorship of CBS' hit series "Survivor," but the world's largest automaker said Wednesday that the decision had nothing to do with the reality show's decision to divide its contestants by race and ethnicity. GM spokeswoman Ryndee S. Carney said the company made the decision in the normal course of making its media buys months ago, before the show made its announcement. "I think it's just a coincidence. I know it's not cause and effect," Carney said.
June 6, 2006 |
A former winner on "Survivor" has been suspended 20 days from his job with the Ohio Department of Transportation after an investigation concluded he took an unauthorized leave of absence. State investigators said Chris Daugherty of South Vienna, Ohio, used a bogus medical excuse to leave work for a month last fall to attend a promotional tour for the CBS reality TV show in Europe.