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One would call it overload to give three hours to the end of CBS' "Survivor." But it should prove to be a satisfying night for those who have come to swear by the summer"s most enjoyable television.

The two-hour end is at 7 p.m. Wednesday on WBBM-Ch. 2. It reveals which remaining four of 16 "castaways" will be the last one on Pulau Tiga in the South China Sea.

That person will have to survive two "immunity challenges" -- competition to avoid being voted out by peers -- and three "tribal councils" -- where islanders decide who should go -- to win $1 million.

At 9 p.m. is a live "town meeting" with all 16 castaways of the Tagi and Pagong tribes, who will discuss their experiences in rat-eating, backstabbing and immunity-challenging over the course of 39 days.

Part reality series, part game show, all hokey fun, the series is a qualified hit, with an average of about 27 million people catching it the last several weeks. "Survivor" has kindled an interest in reality, or "voyeurism," television, where regular people mix it up like characters of a drama.

The networks are now scrambling to create "Survivor" wannabes. But it"s hard to see any of them capturing the magic of such "characters" as scheming Richard, slacker Gervase, conniving Susan, sweet Colleen, nutty Greg, crotchety Rudy and all the others. Most of all, "Survivor" was that rare animal-appointment television.

People made plans surrounding the show"s weekly airing. Which led to that other phenomenon -- water cooler television, where those same people got together the next day and talked about the activities of the previous night.

So soak up the final orgy of "Survivor." We might not see anything like this anytime soon -- not until January, anyway, when "Survivor II" features a new cast of characters stuck in the Australian outback. (Bold prediction: Richard Hatch, the motivational speaker/grand manipulator/arrogant nudist, will not win the $1 million.)

Sunday

If you forget that it"s based on a classic, TBS' "High Noon" is not a half-bad little western, highlighted by the performance of steady Tom Skerritt ("Picket Fences") as a sheriff who goes it alone against a band of outlaws out for his blood. The film, which still pales in comparison to the 1952 Gary Cooper classic, premieres at 7 p.m. .

Indiana Solo himself, Harrison Ford, appears on Bravo"s "Inside the Actors Studio" at 7 p.m.

Navassa, an island in the middle of the Caribbean Ocean, is probably where "Survivor" should have been based. Animal Planet"s "The Quest" takes us to a landmass humans have tried, and failed, to settle, at 7 p.m.

At times it seems "The E! True Hollywood Story" is trying to stir up trouble out of the history of 1970s CBS comedy "Good Times." But there are only a few bits of controversy in this decent installment, which airs at 8 p.m. on E! Entertainment Television.

TV Land"s "Ultimate Fan Search" trivia game show, in which the winner will program an hour of TV on the network for a year, hits the finals at 9 p.m.

Pax TV sneak previews the second season premiere of "Twice in a Lifetime," introducing Paul Popowich as the entity who lets a person rectify a mistake made at a pivotal point in his or her life. The series in on Wednesdays at 7 p.m., but the sneak is at 10 p.m., on WCPX-Ch. 38.

Monday

One of the joys of "The Mexican Americans" (7:30 p.m., WTTW-Ch. 11), a rich documentary on the culture, history and mores of a proud people, is it allows them to tell their own stories -- politicians, entertainers, activists and civilians.

The WB"s "Young Americans," which has been doing well in the ratings, airs a new episode at a special night at 8 p.m. on WGN-Ch. 9.

Legendary bluesman Robert Johnson died in a boarding house in Greenwood, Miss., in 1938. The details of his death are revealed on A&E"s "City Confidential" at 8 p.m.

Tuesday

Sarah Michelle Gellar, "NSync, Jim Carrey, Shawn and Marlon Wayans and many more are on hand for the "Teen Choice Awards," which Fox airs at 7 p.m. on WFLD-Ch. 32.

"Mysterious Ways," Pax"s drama about an investigator (Adrian Pasdar) of miracles and other phenomenon that has been getting good numbers on NBC, which owns a piece of Pax, begins its Pax run at 7 p.m. on WCPX-Ch. 38. Got all that?

TLC and rocker David Crosby, who regularly speaks out for social change, presents "Stand and Be Counted," a look at activism in music. The special, on Tuesday and Wednesday at 8 p.m., looks at four decades of performances in the name of advocacy, from the 1960s civil rights movement to Live Aid and beyond.

Pop music isn"t all feel-good. "VH1 Confidential" tells the stories of some of the more notorious events in music. Tuesday"s episode at 9 p.m.: Aspiring musician, and successful killer, Charles Manson.

Wednesday

Jim Davidson of USA"s "Pacific Blue" guest-stars in the first of a three-part season finale of TNN"s original action series "18 Wheels of Justice" at 8 p.m.

This is what happens when you direct a feature for E!: You get your own "Celebrity Profile." Bob Saget, the "Full House" star who helmed "Becoming Dick," a comedy that premieres on E! next week, is featured at 9 p.m.

"Clerks" director Kevin Smith discusses the impact "Star Wars" guru George Lucas has on filmmakers on the Sci-Fi Channel"s short film series "Exposure" at 9 p.m.

Preview Comedy Central"s warped "sports" series "BattleBots" (remote controlled, model-size mechanical beasties that bash each other) at 9:30 p.m.

Thursday

More noisy than noirish, "Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye" is the weak first effort in a series of Fox movies inspired by film noir flicks of the 1940s and "50s. Premiering at 7 p.m. on WFLD-Ch. 32, it finds a film executive ("The X-Files"" Nick "Rat Boy" Lea) in dire straits when a bum (Holt McCallany) offers to dispense with the body of a woman found lying next to the exec on the beach after a night of drunken carousing.

TNN"s breezy special of greatest hits from Christopher Cross ("Sailing"), Ambrosia ("How Much I Feel") and Stephen Bishop ("On and On") is at 7 p.m.

The improvisational genius of Jonathan Winters is on display in a mix of classic material and new bits at 7:30 p.m. on WTTW-Ch. 11.

"Popular," the WB"s witty comedy about high school life, plays episodes Thursdays and Fridays at 7 p.m. on WGN-Ch. 9.

Friday

As part of Cartoon Network"s "Cartoon Cartoon Weekend," a 53-hour, all-originals marathon starting at 6 p.m., viewers can choose which of three finalists (dozens of pilots have aired on Fridays this summer) should become a regular series next year.

The world"s most enduring mysteries might get explained on Pax"s new reality series "Encounters with the Unexplained" at 7 p.m. on WCPX-Ch. 38. "Law & Order"s" Jerry Orbach is the host.

What"s the definition of "cool?" Romance Classics has come up with one at 7 p.m.: "Cool Women," a new series produced by Debbie Allen focusing on women who have made some kind of difference in society. Celebrities like Kate Capshaw, Chaka Khan, Colin Powell and others will celebrate them in song, dance and readings.

O-Town hits Germany for recording sessions and meetings on ABC"s "Making the Band" at 8:30 p.m. on WLS-Ch. 7.

Saturday

An 8-year-old singer and a kangaroo drummer are members of "Generation O!" an animated musical series about a unique pop band debuting on Kids" WB! at 9:30 a.m. on WCIU-Ch. 26.

WTTW-Ch. 11 at 2 p.m. presents a marathon of "Mexico -- One Plate at a Time with Rick Bayless," featuring the chef"s appearance in the Ch. 11 studios.

ABC"s sports highlights include the 2000 Little League World Series at 3:30 p.m., and Florida State and Brigham Young starting the network"s college football coverage at 7 p.m., all on WLS-Ch. 7.

A special hourlong premiere of the half-hour series "In a Heartbeat" is at 6 p.m. on the Disney Channel. Inspired by actual events, it surrounds four high school students who volunteer for an emergency medical team.

The gentle comedy "The Last of the Blonde Bombshells," at 8 p.m. on HBO, features a low-key Judi Dench ("Shakespeare in Love") reassembling the swing band with which she played saxophone as a teen in World War II England.

CBS" broadcast of the 18th annual Miss Teen USA Pageant is at 8 p.m. on WBBM-Ch. 2.

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