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7 Former Sitcom Stars Who Should Join "Survivor"

17 October 2012 10:13 AM, PDT | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

Lisa Whelchel, it's been real, but your stint on Survivor: Philippines is already disappointing. You've brought none of Blair Warner's flair to the proceedings, and you prove your Survivor cred is lacking with quotes like, "I can only play with the cards I've been given!" Guess who doesn't leave their fate up to the "cards" dealt by other players? People like Parvati Shallow. Russell Hantz. You know, Survivor super-champs.

Thus, it's time to think about which sitcom legends should join Survivor next. I love seeing TV stars of yore regain screentime, so this is a perfect opportunity to highlight other greats who 1) could slip by without the other contestants recognizing them, 2) are cooler than the anti-gay Whelchel, and 3) would be, uh, interesting. Here are our seven best options.

1. Dawn Wells (Gilligan's Island)

This is my most controversial choice because Wells is both 73 and still very recognizable, but come On. Her »

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Telepictures Prods. Taps Stuart Krasnow as Evp, Creative Affairs

16 October 2012 11:50 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Stuart Krasnow has signed on with Telepictures Productions as its executive vice president, creative affairs, the company said Tuesday. In his new position with Telepictures -- home of "The Ellen DeGeneres Show," "TMZ," "Anderson Live" and others -- Krasnow will oversee the creative efforts for new program and content development, and hold responsibility for the creation of new programming. Also read: Anderson Cooper Talk Show Gets Name Change, Format Shakeup Krasnow, whose credits include Ricki Lake's '90s talk show, "The Weakest Link," "The View," "Today" and "Late Night With David Letterman," will oversee »

- Tim Kenneally

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Stuart Krasnow Named Evp Creative Affairs For Telepictures Prods.

16 October 2012 10:58 AM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Telepictures Prods. has brought in veteran reality producer Stuart Krasnow as Evp Creative Affairs. He will replace Lisa Hackner, who stepped down in March after a 22-year tenure to become a producer, and will report to Telepictures president Hilary Estey McLoughlin. Krasnow will oversee the creation of new programming for first-run syndication business, cable strips and digital. ”Stuart completely understands our business and brings a fresh perspective and entrepreneurial spirit from running his own production company,” Estey McLoughlin said. Krasnow has developed and produced series in almost every genre of unscripted television for broadcast and cable networks, including  The Weakest Link, Average Joe, Dog Eat Dog and The Janice Dickinson Modeling Agency. Most recently, he has been running his own production company, Krasnow Prods., which had overall production deals with Fox 21 and FremantleMedia. In daytime, Krasnow executive produced Ricki Lake’s original syndicated talk show after identifying her as »

- NELLIE ANDREEVA

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The CW orders up more 'Oh Sit!' and 'Breaking Pointe'

26 September 2012 11:30 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

The CW Network has ordered new seasons of "Oh Sit!" and "Breaking Pointe." "Oh Sit!" is an extreme spin on musical chairs, where 12 contestants go through physically demeaning obstacle courses in order to fight control of the chair. "Sit!" also features noted musical guests to serenade the competitors. The series was created by executive producers Phil Gurin ("Shark Tank," "Weakest Link"), Richard Joel and Deena Dill.   Meanwhile, "Breaking Pointe" takes a peek into the inner-workings of the ultra-competitive Ballet West, in Salt Lake City, Utah, where dozens of talented dancers compete for the coveted titles of Prima Ballerina and Premier »

- Dave Lewis

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Independent is the strongest link | Media Monkey

2 April 2012 3:05 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Nine years ago, Archie Bland was scorned by Anne Robinson for his "silly name, being at Cambridge University and my parents' big house". Now 28, and the Independent's Saturday editor, Bland triumphs after the Queen of Mean chose her nine favourite contestants for a Weakest Link special on Saturday. Independent staff reckon they are on a winning streak – the paper's travel correspondent, Simon Calder, won Celebrity Mastermind last year.

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