Reality TV draws upon ''Gilligan,'' ''Sex,'' and Ewan McGregor. TBS plans to cast real people in sitcom situations, while Bravo sends the ''Star Wars'' star globetrotting on his motorcycle

By Gary Susman
Updated March 03, 2004 at 05:00 AM EST
Ewan McGregor: Frederic Injimbert/ZUMA Press/NewsComq

If Fox can reimagine ”Green Acres” as the reality hit ”The Simple Life,” why not other sitcoms? Cable’s TBS will give it a try, with reality versions of ”Gilligan’s Island” and ”Sex and the City.” The ”Gilligan” project is being developed by the ’60s sitcom’s creators, Lloyd and Sherwood Schwartz. Airing this fall, the show will cast as castaways a real-life skipper, first mate, millionaire couple, movie star, professor, and farm girl, who’ll work together to try to get off the island. No word yet on who the movie star would be, or whether the millionaire’s wife will bring along as many outfits as Lovey Howell, or whether the professor knows how to build a radio out of a coconut.

The ”Sex and the City” show will be hosted by the real-life Carrie Bradshaw, author Candace Bushnell. It’ll feature four real-life single women in Manhattan who are on the prowl for ”Mr. Right, or Mr. Right Now,” according to a TBS press release. They’ll meet regularly for brunch, where they’ll presumably talk about men, careers, and shoes.

In another warp in the celebrity reality time-space continuum, Bravo is building a reality series around Ewan McGregor, in which the ”Star Wars” star and his pal, actor Charley Boorman (”The Emerald Forest”) will go globetrotting on motorcycles, visiting remote and forbidding places like Siberia. According to Television Week, the series will be called ”The Long Way Around,” a reference not only to the actors’ wanderings, but also to the title of an old episode of ”ER” in which the future ”Trainspotting” star played a convenience store robber. No air date yet for the series, which is already in production.