Hunting Celebrities for 'Survivor'

08/22/1997 at 12:00 AM EDT

"Everybody Loves Raymond" star Ray Romano, 43, could be in the running to play a celebrity version of "Survivor," CBS TV president Leslie Moonves told radio host Howard Stern on Wednesday. Also being considered: actor Frank Stallone (a casting idea that, apparently, Stallone himself pitched to Moonves), "King of Queens" star Kevin James and some NBA players, such as L.A. Lakers star Kobe Bryant. But the network says that any such celebrity survival tests is "still very much in the discussion stage," CBS executive Chris Ender told New York's Daily News. "It's something we're interested in pursuing, but clearly, 'Survivor III' and 'IV' are our priorities right now." Starting next month, the reality series' executive producer, Mark Burnett, is prepping the third installment of "Survivor" in Kenya. CBS executives and Burnett are due to make their final contestant selections for that one this week. As for Howard Stern joining a survival game, he told Moonves that he'd have to be paid a lot more than $1 million before he'd camp out and consume little more than rice.

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