WEEK IN REVIEW: Britney Blames Vegas
01/16/2004 AT 01:00 PM EST
SURVIVOR SKILLS: "Survivor: All-Stars" will kick off after the CBS Super Bowl telecast on Feb. 1, the network announced. This time up, there will be 18 players, each representing all seven of the past "Survivor" seasons: Richard Hatch, winner of the original "Survivor: Pulau Tiga," along with Rudy Boesch, Sue Hawk and Jenna Lewis; Tina Wesson, winner of "Survivor: The Australian Outback," as well as her runner-up, Colby Donaldson, and Amber Brkich, Jerri Manthey and Alicia Calaway; Ethan Zohn, winner of "Survivor: Africa," plus Lex van den Berghe and Tom Buchanan; "Survivor: Marquesas" vets Kathy Vavrick-O'Brien and Rob Mariano; Shii Ann Huang of "Survivor: Thailand"; winner Jenna Morasca and Rob Cesternino, of "Survivor: The Amazon"; and Rupert Boneham, from "Survivor: Pearl Islands."
NOT SO ROSIE: "Taboo," the critically battered Boy George Broadway musical produced by Rosie O'Donnell, will bring down its curtain for good on Feb. 8, losing all of its producer's $10 million investment. The show continually struggled to reach its weekly break-even point, and last week reportedly played to half capacity. Said O'Donnell, 41, in a statement: "For this experience, I am profoundly grateful and have no regrets."
RUSH JOB: The liberal American Civil Liberties Union is backing conservative radio commentator Rush Limbaugh, 52, in his fight to keep his medical records off-limits to prosecutors probing drug-related charges against him, the Associated Press reported. "It may seem odd that the ACLU has come to the defense of Rush Limbaugh," the Florida chapter's executive director, Howard Simon, admitted in a statement. "But we have always said that the ACLU's real client is the Bill of Rights, and we will continue to safeguard the values of equality, fairness and privacy for everyone, regardless of race, economic status or political point of view."
GRAY AREA: "Swimming to Cambodia" writer, monologist and actor Spalding Gray has been reported missing by his wife, say reports. Police in New York City and in Southampton, N.Y., where Gray, 62, maintains his primary residence, have been searching for him since the weekend, said NYPD spokesman Sgt. Michael Wysokowski. Gray has a history of depression and tried to commit suicide in 2002, according to The New York Times.