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Producer Mary-Ellis Bunim, who along with Jonathan Murray pioneered the reality genre with the creation of MTV's The Real World, died Thursday of breast cancer. She was 57. Bunim's partnership with Murray also spawned such reality staples as Road Rules, Making the Band, The Real World/Road Rules Challenge and Fox's The Simple Life. She is survived by her daughter, Juliana. read more

FREE PORN

CBS estimates that more than 89 million people saw Janet Jackson's exposed boobie, making it the most-watched Super Bowl since 1998. Final numbers are due later today. read more

SUNDAY Survivor: All-Stars It's...

SUNDAY

Survivor: All-Stars
It's a shame that Outback winner Tina Wesson had to be voted off, or for that matter, any of those poor, nearly dehydrated bastards. The game is great and all, but the real kick of watching this all-star edition is seeing these already established personalities interact with each other. Ya got Rudy and Rupert forming an alliance; Lex working side-by-side with Colby (Schick's not-so-clean-shaven spokesman); Jerri hanging out with Jenna L.; and even Rob M. mildly flirting with Amber, later noting how "beautiful" she is. (Oh, and they won't milk this possible story line for all it's worth?)

It seems like each successive Survivor edition gets harder and harder. No shelter. No food. No drinkable water. What's next? Maybe they all get splashed with fresh blood and then Jeff Probst will say, "OK, we've just released a dozen ravenous l read more

WESSON FOILED

Tina Wesson paid the price for being one of Survivor's $1 million champions as the 42-year-old became the first contestant voted off Survivor: All-Stars. Her fellow Saboga tribemates, fearing that Wesson could pull off a repeat, gave her the boot by a 4-2 margin. Note to Ethan: Start packin' your bags, dude. read more

LUCKY BREAKS FOR $100

Jeopardy host Alex Trebek, 63, escaped serious injury over the weekend when he fell asleep at the wheel of his pickup truck and crashed into a ditch on a rural road in Templeton, Calif. "I am very lucky and thankful that no one was badly hurt," he said. "My back hurts a little, but I plan to be in the studio this Tuesday for our regular tapings." read more

Amber Tamblyn Finds Religion


Whatever God is paying his agent, it ain't enough. The man upstairs hasn't had as hip a showcase as Joan of Arcadia since Moses parted the Red Sea. The CBS hit has even made, if not a believer, a questioner of its leading lady, Amber Tamblyn. Being on the series, she says, "hasn't changed [my spirituality] that much, but it's definitely helped me to be more interested in religion in general."

The daughter of Twin Peaks' kooky Russ Tamblyn, the General Hospital alumna wasn't taught to put her faith in "a specific religion," she admits. "But I was raised to believe in God. The [basics] of what my father taught me growing up was to find something that I truly believed in, not necessarily to follow his path. He likes to influence me, definitely, [by telling me to] read different things. But he never pushed anything on me."

Between her pop's open mind and the all-embracing subtext of Joan, Tamblyn was overdue for a metaphysical read more

ACCIDENT REPORT

Former Head of the Class pupil Robin Givens struck and critically injured an 89-year-old pedestrian with her SUV Wednesday in Miami. Maria Antonia Alcover was crossing a busy intersection during rush hour when Mike Tyson's ex plowed into her. Givens — who was issued a traffic summons — is not expected to face any criminal charges. Alcover, meanwhile, remains in critical but stable condition. read more

RUNWAY HIT

UPN has ordered a third and fourth cycle of America's Next Top Model. The latest edition is scoring record ratings for the network. read more

R.I.P.

ABC has laid Karen Sisco to rest. The network — which was set to relaunch the critically praised-yet-ratings challenged freshman drama in March — has axed the show altogether. According to The Hollywood Reporter, ABC brass were unhappy with the creative direction of the scripts and scrapped plans to give the show a second shot. Threat Matrix, meanwhile, remains on the air. Go figure. read more

REMEMBERED

Producer Mary-Ellis Bunim, who along with Jonathan Murray pioneered the reality genre with the creation of MTV's The Real World, died Thursday of cancer. She was 57. Bunim's partnership with Murray also spawned such reality staples as Road Rules, Making the Band, The Real World/Road Rules Challenge and Fox's The Simple Life. "Mary-Ellis was a one-in-a-million partner and friend, and I will always treasure our incredible years of collaboration," said Murray. "Even as the family at Bunim-Murray Productions mourns her loss, we will honor her memory by remaining committed to her ideals of creativity, adventure, and excellence, both on the screen and in our lives." Bunim is survived by her daughter, Juliana. read more

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