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Survivor Hype

Saturday, April 28, 2001

By Barbara Vancheri, Post-Gazette Staff Writer

Bessy got bounced. This week, Elisabeth Filarski (who signed her computer communiques to home "Bessy") was voted out of the game. She garnered three votes to Keith's one, even as Colby won yet another reward challenge -- which brought a Pontiac Aztek, hot shower, meal and visit from his mom. It was a surprise reminiscent of Sean earning a night on a yacht in the first "Survivor" and discovering his dad was aboard.

In one of those moments we could have lived without, Colby told his mother about his meager diet -- and the effect it was having on his bathroom habits. The Texan also copped immunity, which guaranteed him a spot in the final three with Tina and Keith.

We also learned the last four players had lost a combined 85 pounds, and malnutrition was making Elisabeth's blond hair start to fall out. And we predict Tina will be doing ads for sunscreen.

APPROPRIATELY TITLED: Jerri Manthey will make her daytime acting debut, playing herself, on "The Young and the Restless." The episode was scheduled to be taped Tuesday for airing May 28.

NO TO PLAYBOY: Beaver County's Amber Brkich told KDKA's David Highfield she won't be posing for Playboy but will do a series of photos for a publication called Stuff for Men. Sounds like skimpy swimsuits could be involved. And Channel 2 felt the need to strip a message across the bottom of the screen during the show to tell us Amber was watching! And the station was with her! Maybe on Thanksgiving, Highfield will tell us what Amber's eating!

THEY SAID IT: "Survivor: The E! True Hollywood Story," premiering at 9 p.m. Wednesday on the cable channel, sounds like a doozy. Jenna Lewis says she first learned about "Survivor" from her MSN home page. "It came up and said 16 castaways and [only] one will survive. And I thought, 'Oh, my God, they're going to kill 15 people on national TV.' " Kicked off, killed, it's an easy mistake to make.

ALL "SURVIVOR," ALL THE TIME: If CBS could figure out a way, it probably would go wall-to-wall with "Survivor." On May 10, a week after the finale, the network will air an hour-long special, "Survivor: Back from the Outback," following the contestants as they return home and grapple with newfound fame. It also will feature interviews with the original castaways.

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