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'Surviving Survivor' special set to air

Feb. 1, 2010 at 3:56 PM   |   Comments

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LOS ANGELES, Feb. 1 (UPI) -- Richard Hatch, Russell Hantz, Colby Donaldson and Parvati Shallow are to participate in the U.S. television special "Surviving Survivor," CBS said.

The one-hour program is to air Thursday. It is described by the network as a special that "brings back 10 of the game's most iconic players to talk about the reality juggernaut that defined a genre."

"Through a series of new interviews, the curtain will be pulled back on one of the decade's most influential shows," CBS added.

Featured in the special are new revelations from "Survivor" host Jeff Probst and former castaways James Clement, Cirie Fields, Stephenie LaGrossa, Jerri Manthey, Benjamin "Coach" Wade and Tom Westman.

"'Survivor' changed the nature of television as we know it. For the first time, we were able to witness human behavior responding to stress and extreme conditions on television before our eyes," executive producer Susan Zirinsky said in a statement. "Seeing how clever individuals manipulate situations to achieve an outcome they want is really the most incredible social science experiment ever."

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