Thursday, December 11, 2003
Only two nights and five finalists remain on "Survivor: Pearl Islands" (7 p.m., CBS). Five will become four tonight before Sunday's two-hour finale. One could go broke trying to predict the outcome of these contrived shenanigans, but it's a safe bet that Jon, the obnoxious art consultant, will not be eliminated tonight. Everybody wants him to face the jury of his ticked-off peers when it comes down to the big vote.
The atmosphere on "Survivor" has always reminded me an exaggerated version of very dysfunctional office politics -- particularly this season. Like any badly run business, we've seen the levelheaded (Andrew) and the hard-working (Rupert and Christa) eliminated as the clueless (Lil), the scheming (Jon) and the lazy (Burton) get promoted way beyond their abilities.
It might take more than a coconut blow to the head to wake Lil up to the nefarious nature of her male allies. I'd hate to see a Boy Scout jamboree run by this wing nut. I will go out on a snake-infested limb and predict that Burton gets the boot tonight. As for the final winner, it's anybody's guess, and here's mine: As much as I want the outspoken Sandra to take home the loot, I predict that the Darrah, the mumbling Mississippi mortician, will fly in under the radar.
Julia Roberts and Rod Stewart appear on "Late Show with David Letterman" (10:35 p.m., CBS) ... Jay Leno greets Keanu Reeves and Sting on "The Tonight Show" (10:35 p.m., NBC).