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'Survivor 2' to Premiere on Sunday After Super Bowl

Aired January 26, 2001 - 4:54 p.m. ET

THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.

JOIE CHEN, CNN ANCHOR: Likely to be a big weekend for TV, not just because of the Super Bowl on Sunday. The sequel to last summer's reality TV hit "Survivor" also premieres on Sunday.

CNN's Lauren Hunter has a preview from the Australian outback.

(BEGIN VIDEOTAPE)

LAUREN HUNTER, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): They're younger, fitter and ready to do battle for position of top rat.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I'm not going out there to make friends. I don't care about any of these people.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: This is a game. I didn't come on to this show to lose.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Let the friction begin.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I'm sure it's going to get ugly.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: It's going to be such a game of maneuvering and outwitting.

HUNTER: The game is "Survivor 2." The setting is the Australian outback. The prize: a cool million bucks.

MARK BURNETT, CREATOR/EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: The "Survivor 2" cast are equally compelling as the "Survivor 1" cast. They're absolutely just as vindictive, just as motivated to win as in "Survivor 1."

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP, "SURVIVOR")

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: The winner of the first "Survivor" competition is Rich.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

HUNTER: 72 million people tuned in to watch strategist Richard Hatch collect on the original "Survivor." The show's creator and producer says viewers won't be disappointed with round two.

BURNETT: I'm astounded how great the drama is in the first few episodes, and there are some things that happen that are quite shocking.

HUNTER: 50,000 people applied for the new series, but it seems only the buff made the final cut.

LYNETTE RICE, "ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY": There's been a lot of attention about how beautiful these people are, and that may not be so good. It may be like a "Baywatch" "Survivor." You want more everyman participating. That was so great about Rudy and Richard Hatch. I mean, they looked like, you know, the shmoes down the street, and it's not going to be that way as much.

HUNTER: But the new contestants all seem schooled in the Richard Hatch theory of survival.

BURNETT: All the contestants came to "Survivor 2" with pre- planned strategies. The question is, how could that work when everybody had a strategy?

HUNTER: There will still be two teams, this time "Kucha" and "Ogakor," aboriginal names for "kangaroo" and "crocodile." There will be the familiar immunity challenges and tribal councils. The big change is the venue.

BURNETT: The heat and the harshness of that land was harder than Pulau Tiga in Borneo. There were crocodiles to deal with. There were many, many more snakes, spiders, and even bushes that can sting you and poison you. It was a harsh, harsh environment.

HUNTER: So "Survivor 2" may be a case of Darwin's survival of the fittest.

Lauren Hunter, CNN Entertainment News, Hollywood.

(END VIDEOTAPE)

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