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SURVIVOR: PEARL ISLANDS

DEBUTS SEPT. 18, 8 P.M. (CBS)

Survivor: Pearl Islands
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Why we can't wait to see ''Survivor: Pearl Islands''

THE DEAL Our 16 castaways will set down off the coast of Panama on the remote Pearl Islands. The two tribes, which will be stuck on separate islands, have pillaged a pirate theme for their names: Drake (for Sir Francis Drake, the English privateer) and Morgan (for Sir Henry Morgan, who ransacked Panama in 1670). Johnny Depp must be flattered.

FUN FACT The Morgan tribe may have a secret weapon in the show's oldest player: Lillian Morris, 51, has been a Boy Scoutmaster for 11 years. If she can't start a fire with a stick and a rock, no one can.

WHY WE CAN'T WAIT Good riddance to the hokey native stuff. Let the pirate bad-boy antics begin!

WHY WE'RE HOOKED Producer Mark Burnett has picked a wacky cast of characters: If a hottie massage therapist (Nicole), a bearlike troubled-teens mentor (Rupert), and a geeky produce clerk (Ryan S.) can't stir up some drama, they just aren't trying.

Originally posted Sep 10, 2003