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Television: The Real Gilligan's Island
Tuesday, 2004 November 30 - 10:26 pm
TBS gives us a shameless "Survivor" knockoff, but it's somewhat entertaining.

The premise of "The Real Gilligan's Island" on TBS is pretty much the same as CBS's "Survivor", except that the contestants were all picked to resemble characters from the original show. Two full sets of characters make up competing teams in a contest "to see who gets off the island". They're pretty unclear about the actual eventual prize and how the winner will be determined, but that seems to be intentional... they want to throw some kind of unexpected twist at us, sometime down the road.

The cast includes the super-hot actresses Rachel Hunter and Nicole Eggert playing the role of Ginger... but then again, they've also picked two super-hot midwest farm girls (Kate Koth and Amanda Dodson) to play MaryAnn, so the Ginger versus MaryAnn debate isn't really settled here.

Somewhere the producers found a truly despicable millionaire couple, Bill and Donna Beavens, to become the center of scorn and controversy on the show. (Glenn and Mindy Stearns, the other millionaire couple, are by contrast quite pleasant.) Donna in particular appears to have almost no redeeming qualities; surely she was only picked to be the lightning rod. Throwing her on a team with the openly gay Eric Anderson was a pretty obvious way to drum up some friction.

The other characters are somewhat nondescript.

This show would have been a lot more interesting if they hadn't made it so similar to "Survivor". What if the competition really did involve finding a way off the island, rather than a bunch of silly games based on episodes of the original show? That's something I would want to watch. As it is, I may tune in from time to time, but it's doubtful I'll go out of my way to keep up with the show. Especially if they insist on airing it in the same timeslot as "Lost" on ABC.
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