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CBS's 'Survivor: Vanuatu Islands' premieres tonight

 

    Can it be that "Survivor" is already going into its ninth season?  
   It can, and it is, tonight at 8 p.m. on CBS. This season, called “Survivor: Vanuatu Islands of Fire,” looks to feature another diverse cast, something that always makes the show so entertaining.
   Of course, this season has a lot to live up to. Last spring’s “Survivor: All-Stars” averaged 21.5 million total viewers, bettering last fall’s “Pearl Islands” edition by almost a million. But this year the show faces "Friends" spinoff "Joey" instead of the original, which could help boost CBS's numbers.
   This year’s castaways include Dolly, a 25-year-old sheep farmer from Pennsylvania, Chad, a 35-year-old teacher from Oakland with a prosthetic foot, Eliza, a 21-year-old pre-law student at Syracuse, and John, a Los Angeles-area mechanical bull operator.
   And you know how fun it can be to stick a sheep farmer and a mechanical bull operator together on a remote island.

A look at this week’s top TV draws

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 16

Time Network

Program

Description

8 p.m. CBS “Survivor: Vanuatu – Islands of Fire” (R) Season premiere. Eighteen castaways are stranded this year.
8 p.m. Fox “The O.C.: Obsess Completely” (D) An “O.C.” refresher course.
8 p.m. NBC “Joey” (C) Michael moves into Joey’s place.
8:30 p.m. NBC “Will & Grace” (C) Season premiere. J. Lo makes an appearance. Maybe Debra Messing will, too.
9 p.m. NBC “The Apprentice” (R) The challenge: sell ice cream. The prize: champagne and caviar.
9 p.m. The WB “Jack & Bobby” (D) Bobby starts high school.
10 p.m. ABC “Primetime” (N) Made-over news magazine starring Diane Sawyer and friends.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 17

Time Network

Program

Description

7 a.m. CBS “The Early Show” (N) Gwyneth Paltrow and Jude Law appear.
11 a.m. ABC “The View” (T) A “20/20” tribute to Babs.
8 p.m. CBS “Big Brother 5” (R) It’s getting down there—the 10th guest is bounced.
8 p.m. Fox “The Complex: Malibu” (R) Four units left, with one problem: five couples remain.
8 p.m. NBC “Dateline” (N) DNA may provide new evidence in a years-old Chicago murder mystery.
8 p.m. The WB “What I Like About You” (C) Season premiere. Holly hooks up with a European.
8:30 p.m. The WB “Grounded For Life” (C) Season premiere. Season five already? Brad visits space camp.
9 p.m. ABC “20/20” (N) A 25th-anniversary tribute to Babs.
9 p.m. NBC “Third Watch” (D) Season premiere. A messy shootout occurs in an emergency room.
9 p.m. The WB “Reba” (C) Season premiere. Barbra Jean and Brock look to separate.
9 p.m. Sci-Fi “Stargate SG-1” (D) Uh oh, somebody stole the Stargate.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 18

Time Network

Program

Description

8 a.m. NBC “Ryder Cup” (S) Tiger leads Team U.S.A. in its quest to reclaim the cup.
Noon ABC “College Football” (S) Regional matchup between Nebraska and Pittsburgh.
3:30 p.m. CBS “College Football” (S) Southern battle between LSU and Auburn.
8 p.m. CBS “College Football” (S) Florida faces Tennessee in a heated rivalry game.
8 p.m. Fox “Cops” (R) Four words: hide the crack pipe.
9 p.m. ABC “Miss America” (A) Live from Atlantic City, with host Chris Harrison of “The Bachelor.”
9 p.m. HGTV “Designer Finals” (R) A master bedroom gets a master makeover.

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 19

Time Network

Program

Description

Noon CBS, Fox “NFL Today,” “Fox NFL Sunday” Get all the news surrounding week-two action.
7 p.m. ABC “Countdown to the Emmys 2004” (A) With hosts Tom Bergeron and Maria Menounos.
8 p.m. ABC “56th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards” (A) The hilarious Garry Shandling as host.
8:30 p.m. ESPN “NFL Football” (S) Miami plays Cincinnati in Sunday night action.
9 p.m. Showtime “American Candidate” (R) The candidates look for support from volunteers.
10 p.m. HBO “Family Bonds” (R) The team searches for a bail jumper while the ladies visit a nail salon.
11 p.m. HBO “Def Poetry Jam” (T) Speech and Common appear and perform.
A = awards show or special, C = comedy, D = drama, DD = daytime drama, G = game show, K = kids, M = movie, N = news/documentary, R = reality, S = sports, T = talk/variety show.


Sept. 16, 2004 2004 Media Life




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