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.
November 21, 2002 |
More young Americans are familiar with TV's "Survivor" island than with Afghanistan, Iraq or Israel, a survey found. Only 17% of young people in the U.S. could find Afghanistan on a world map; 34% knew the island used for the last season of the television show "Survivor" was in the South Pacific. And although just 30% of young people worldwide could find the Pacific Ocean on a map, 70% in this country could.
June 26, 2001 |
A Los Angeles judge on Monday deflated the $5-million breach-of-contract lawsuit against former "Survivor" cast member Stacey Stillman, who alleges the wildly popular CBS television program was rigged. Stillman contends, in a lawsuit filed in February, that she was deprived of a chance to win the $1-million prize because the executive producer of the series, Mark Burnett, manipulated the voting. Burnett's production company, SEG Inc.
June 9, 2001 |
Is the "Survivor" lawsuit a legitimate news story, or is "Dateline NBC" reporting on it just to undermine a rival network's top-rated program--a charge CBS directed at NBC News last week? Twice in recent weeks, NBC's "Dateline" newsmagazine has carried reports on "Survivor" contestant Stacey Stillman's lawsuit against "Survivor" producer Mark Burnett and CBS, alleging that the contest was rigged, making it impossible for her to win.
May 30, 2001 |
It's an old story. A manufacturer discovers a product might be defective and, with millions of dollars at stake if the problem harms the company's image, does its best to mitigate any possible damage. That appears to be in part what CBS had in mind by releasing the testimony of Dirk Been, a contestant on the first "Survivor," heading into a long holiday weekend--forcing the 206-page deposition, a potential bombshell if borne out, to compete with "Pearl Harbor" for headlines.
May 26, 2001 |
In court papers made public Friday, Dirk Been, a participant in the first season of hit CBS series "Survivor," said show producer Mark Burnett suggested whom to vote off the South China Sea island where the series was set by dropping "us these hints. He said this is what's best for you guys." Been's deposition was taken in connection with a suit filed in February against the network and Burnett by Stacey Stillman, who was eliminated from the $1-million reward by being voted off the island.
May 9, 2001 |
"Survivor" executive producer Mark Burnett has admitted to reenacting some portions of the CBS series, at one point using body doubles to re-create a scene. Burnett, who has always maintained that the show is completely real, made his confession--which he said he was telling for the first time--at a Museum of Television & Radio panel here Monday titled "What is Reality on Television?"
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.
May 4, 2001 |
Tina Wesson, the sweet-talking nurse from Tennessee, on Thursday joined Richard Hatch in the "Survivor" millionaires club. The 40-year-old mother of two from Knoxville outlasted Colby Donaldson, the heartthrob Texan, to become a future pop-culture trivia answer as the winner of the Outback edition of the television game show. Wesson watched live in a Los Angeles studio as the votes from fellow contestants were counted and she was the winner. "Oh, my God!"
April 25, 2001 |
Playing armchair shrink on a Thursday night is now a ritual for millions of regular television viewers. Degrees are dusted off and hung on living room walls, as audiences around the country sit back and carefully analyze each contestant on CBS' "Survivor" as if they were patients on their own couches. I personally should send Jerri, the aspiring L.A. actress/accomplished outback bad girl, a bill for all the hours I've logged examining her dysfunction. Over the weeks, they've formed alliances.