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REALLY? Discovery’s ‘Rival Survivor’ Is ‘Unprecedented’ TV Event

Betsy Rothstein Gossip blogger
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Unprecedented, really?

Actually, people trying to survive on a remote island isn’t “unprecedented” at all. It’s called “Survivor” and the show has been on TV for 14 years. Remember the Tribal Council?

But let’s not squabble over minuscule details. In an invitation in The Mirror’s mailbox this morning, David Zaslav, the President and CEO of Discovery Communications and Marjorie Kaplan, the network’s Group President, have invited me to a breakfast screening. It’s a “sneak peak” of the upcoming “Rival Survival” in which they paired two senators — Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) from opposing parties to hang out on an island in the middle of nowhere.

Not sure what’s weirder — that they’re calling it “unprecedented” or that Politico‘s Editor-in-Chief John Harris is emceeing the event. If you think Mike Allen is awkward on TV or in hosting roles, Harris takes awkwardness to a whole new level — but he’s nice enough and folksy. He should do just fine (wink! wink!).               [RELATED: IS MIKE ALLEN ON ROOFIES TODAY?]

The event, which includes attendance by the senators, who are apparently still on speaking terms, takes place Thursday morning at the National Press Club.