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Mariano finally wins ‘Survivor’ after four tries

It took four attempts, but “Boston” Rob Mariano finally won “Survivor.” The trash-talking 35-year-old veteran of the CBS reality series overcame wacky 52-year-old former federal agent Phillip Sheppard and 19-year-old dancer Natalie Tenerelli to take home the $1 million grand prize on Sunday’s finale of “Survivor: Redemption Island.” Mariano said he earned eight votes from the nine-person jury of dismissed contestants.

NBC picks up 12 new series for next season, including ‘Playboy Club’

NBC is betting on the Playboy club, Chelsea Handler and a raft of romantic comedies among the dozen new series it has ordered in its latest attempt to come back from a long slump that has made it television’s fourth-place broadcast network. The network outlined its fall plans on Sunday, opening a hectic week in which broadcasters unveil their fall schedules to advertisers in hopes they will make multimillion dollar commitments to buy commercials.

Jon Stewart to rap with Bill O’Reilly on ‘Factor’

Bill O’Reilly wants to rap with Jon Stewart. Fox News said Friday that O’Reilly, host of “The O’Reilly Factor,” and Stewart, host of Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show,” Monday on O’Reilly’s show will debate the invitation for Grammy Award-winning rapper Common to perform at a White House poetry night this week.

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