REALITY TV CBS says it is planning to tack an extra hour on to this season’s ”Survivor” finale in order to further cash in on ad revenues, according to the Hollywood Reporter. The final segment, which includes ”one on ones” with all 16 castaways, will reportedly earn about $600,000 for each 30 second ad spot — about twice the sum the network originally charged for the show. In addition, the Eye announced at the Television Critics Association meeting that viewers won’t have to wait until next summer for a sequel. ”Survivor 2: The Australian Outback” will premiere on Jan. 28, immediately after the Superbowl. Exec producer Mark Burnett says he has already received more than 6,200 applications for the next installment…. At least the ”Survivor 2” contestants should know exactly what they’re getting into. Unlike ”Who Wants to Marry a Multimillionaire”’s Rick Rockwell, who is complaining that he was assaulted by a zealous fan last weekend. Authorities in North Dakota are investigating an incident in which a man allegedly followed Rockwell to his motel room after his performance at a local comedy club. When the alleged stalker peeked through the ex newlywed’s window, the two got into an altercation in which Rockwell suffered the brutal loss of a toenail…. Pamela Lee‘s syndicated ”V.I.P.” is just one of several shows planning to lampoon the ”Survivor” craze this season. ”The Hughleys,” the show that took on ”The Blair Witch Project” last year, is also planning an episode devoted to ridiculing CBS’ band of castaways.
STRIKE FORCE A host of high profile celebs including Britney Spears, Spike Lee, ‘N Sync, and Regis Philbin are siding with the Screen Actors Guild in the third month of its strike against the ad industry. Spears has canceled a nonunion shoot for Clairol — which is sponsoring her summer tour — and both she and ‘N Sync will donate $1 per ticket sold at their upcoming concerts to SAG. Similarly, Philbin and Lee are shooting commercials only for advertisers who have reached interim agreements with the unions.
TOUR Anthrax have been booted from the Motley Crüe led Maximum Rock Tour. The Crüe’s Nikki Sixx said that the decision was made because fans had complained that they had not heard enough of the headliners at the concerts. Eliminating Anthrax allows time for five or six more Motley Crüe tunes. ”It saddens us because they were the band that really lit a spark in our ass every night,” said Sixx. Bet Anthrax would really like to do that to the Crüe now.
EMMYS Henry Winkler‘s Emmy nomination for comedy guest actor was struck after organizers realized his appearance on ”Battery Park” aired after the eligibility period. Winkler retains a nod for his spot on ”The Practice” last season, however.
LEGALESE A judge upheld a verdict awarding several American Airlines passengers — including Steven Spielberg and his sister Nancy — $150,000 each in damages sought for emotional distress they experienced during an emergency landing on a 1995 flight from New York to Los Angeles…. Kid Rock was ordered to seek a compromise with his ex girlfriend in their lengthy custody battle, according to the Detroit News. The rocker has had custody of their child since 1995, but his girlfriend is allowed four weeks’ visitation rights in the summer — something Rock has been reluctant to provide.
FAT CAT FIGHT As the judge prepares to ask for a ruling Wednesday on the RIAA’s lawsuit against Napster, several high-tech media bigwigs have been arguing about the beleaguered song-swapping service at a Jupiter Communications conference. Time Warner (EW.com’s parent) prez Dick Parsons called Napster a ”hijacker” of intellectual property, though he acknowledged that the music industry had been slow to pick up on the electronic distribution trend. Broadcast.com meanwhile contended that Napster allows users to hear music they might not normally hear, and advised companies to leave the poor service alone. Universal’s Larry Kenswil shot back: ”That’s much easier for you to say when your label has no revenue and much harder when you generate $20 billion a year.” No doubt certain Internet providers wouldn’t mind knowing what that hardship feels like.