Race for ratings

To boost viewership,`Survivor' divides tribes by ethnicity _ and tries to outlast criticism

September 14, 2006|By David Zurawik | David Zurawik,sun television critic

Though it has yet to air an episode, the 13th season of the long-running CBS reality TV series Survivor already has pop cultural analysts and sociologists shaking their heads in dismay.

Survivor: Cook Islands, which premieres tonight but was not offered to critics for review, will pit contestants - divided into teams on the basis of race - against each other as they compete for a $1 million prize.

On TV Survivor: Cook Islands premieres at 8 tonight on WJZ (Channel 13).

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