Television: A Star Is Borneo

Decades after Gilligan, CBS creates a real-life band of castaways

It's a tough call which is scarier: the red-in-tooth-and-claw depredations of a remote untamed wilderness--or a pack of Americans out to win a pile of money and look good on TV. Next summer the question should be answered, however, by CBS's Survivor, a million-dollar jungle showdown that might better be called The Real World: Pulau Tiga.

The premise: 16 Americans are dropped on a rain-forest island off the coast of Malaysian Borneo, alone except for monitor lizards, poisonous sea krait snakes, food-thieving macaque monkeys and 10 camera crews videotaping their every forage. For about six weeks, with as few supplies as...

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