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Millionaire Glenn Stearns Rescued in Finale of TBS's New Reality Series the Real Gilligan's Island

[via press release from TBS]

Millionaire Glenn Stearns Rescued in Finale of TBS�s New Reality Series THE REAL GILLIGAN�S ISLAND

Stearns to Match and Donate Prize Money to Stearns Family Charitable Foundation

Millionaire Glenn Stearns was the last castaway standing in the exciting rescue last night on the finale of the new reality series THE REAL GILLIGAN�S ISLAND on TBS, television�s �very funny� network. The series featured two sets of castaways who personify the original Gilligan�s Island characters stranded on an island and challenged to find a way off the island.

After the castaways competed against their counterparts for a spot in the final cast, the game changed, and the castaways vied to be rescued by completing challenges and facing each other in banishment ceremonies. Millionaire Glenn Stearns was victorious in mentally and physically outlasting the other castaways, winning $250,000 and a Ford Mustang GT.

A multi-millionaire in real life, Stearns matched the prize money on behalf of his 26 Stearns companies and donated it to the Stearns Family Charitable Foundation, which he founded with his wife, Mindy, who finished second in the competition. The Stearns Family Charitable Foundation aids charities that help disadvantaged youth reach their full potential.

Season two of THE REAL GILLIGAN�S ISLAND will set sail in the summer of 2005 with all new castaways.

Grammy-nominated Jive recording artists Bowling for Soup, whose latest single �1985� is currently climbing the charts, have re-recorded the Gilligan�s Island theme song to serve as the theme for TBS�s new reality series.

THE REAL GILLIGAN�S ISLAND is produced for TBS by Next Entertainment in association with Telepictures Productions. Warner Bros. International Television Distribution will be selling the international format rights to the series, as they have for Telepictures Productions/Next Entertainment�s The Bachelor. The series is executive-produced by Mike Fleiss (The Bachelor). The father/son team of Sherwood Schwartz, the creator of the original Gilligan�s Island sitcom, and Lloyd J. Schwartz also serve as executive producers. Lisa Levenson (The Bachelor, The Bachelorette) and Scott Jeffress (The Bachelor, The Bachelorette) serve as co-executive producers for Next Entertainment.

TBS is television�s �very funny� network, serving as home to such hot contemporary comedies as Sex and the City, Everybody Loves Raymond, Family Guy, Seinfeld and Friends; high-profile original reality series, such as Outback Jack; blockbuster movies; and hosted movie showcases.

Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner company, is a major producer of news and entertainment product around the world and the leading provider of programming for the basic cable industry.

  [december 2004]  


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