Survivor 2: The Australian Outback
, the much-anticipated follow-up to Survivor 1: CBS's Summer Cash Cow
, will debut immediately following next year's Super Bowl XXXV, network president/CEO, Leslie Moonves
, confirmed to reporters at the Television Critics Association press tour in Pasadena, CA. Four weeks into the contestant search, some 6,200 fame-seekers already have sent in applications (it took producers 13 weeks to gather that many the first time around). Also on the Survivor
front, CBS plans to air an hour-long "town hall meeting" featuring all 16 contestants right after the Aug. 23 two-hour finale. In other press tour news, CBS announced that Roseanne's Sara Gilbert
is joining CBS's fall sitcom Welcome to New York
as star Christine Baranski
's new assistant.