Television: Survivor 2 Back to Reality

The first Survivor was America's hot summer fling. Can a new version in the Australian outback--and lots of imitators--remake the regular season?

So much depends on a raw cow's brain. At least it does if you are Mark Burnett, executive producer of Survivor and Survivor: The Australian Outback, with a rich deal to produce Survivors 3 and 4 for CBS and a big, fat secret to guard--the outcome of a game that drew almost 52 million viewers for its finale last August. On that secret rest millions of dollars and the fortunes of a network. So pose him an innocent question--Is it true the S2 contestants ate raw cow's brains?--and you will get a stone-faced, "I can't say."

Within the paranoid world...

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