- - Wednesday, August 31, 2011

‘Survivor’s‘ Rupert Boneham may run for Indiana governor

“Survivor: All-Stars” contestant Rupert Boneham may run for governor of Indiana, according to the Associated Press.

Mr. Boneham formed an exploratory committee Monday to possibly seek the Libertarian Party’s nomination.

He said on his campaign website that the current field of candidates doesn’t understand the problems average Hoosiers face. He cited his extensive charity work on behalf of troubled teenagers as his chief qualification.

“He sees a lot of the same status-quo politicians and the same platitudes we get every election cycle, and he thinks we could be on the wrong track and he wants to make a difference,” said Sean Shepard, Mr. Boneham’s spokesman.

"Desperate Housewives" stars (from left) Felicity Huffman, Eva Longoria, Teri Hatcher and Marcia Cross may be ending their run with the show after this season, but their characters will live on in a new Turkish version of the hit show called "Umutsuz Ev Kadinlari." (ABC via Associated Press)
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The bushy-bearded Mr. Boneham, known for wearing tie-dyed shirts, competed in 2003 on “Survivor: Pearl Islands” and has been on multiple “Survivor” follow-ups since then.

He was voted fan favorite in 2004’s “Survivor: All-Stars” and donated a portion of the $1 million he won to his charity, Rupert’s Kids. His Indianapolis-based charity provides mentoring and job training to youths.

If he runs, Mr. Boneham will join a field dominated by Republican Rep. Mike Pence and former Democratic Indiana House Speaker John Gregg. Republican Gov. Mitch Daniels can’t run for re-election next year because of term limits.

Suicide will not delay ‘Housewives’ premiere

The Bravo network says it is going ahead with the Labor Day season premiere of “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” despite the suicide of a cast member’s husband.

According to the Associated Press, brief interviews with cast members about the suicide of Russell Armstrong will precede the premiere, although Armstrong’s widow, Taylor — one of the “Real Housewives” — did not participate. The network also will air several suicide prevention public service announcements during the show, said Frances Berwick, Bravo Media president.

Armstrong hanged himself Aug. 15. He left no note. The couple’s marital strife was a story line in the reality show’s first season. In the second season premiere, filmed months ago, Mrs. Armstrong tells the other housewives that she and her husband are going to therapy.

Miss Berwick said the season’s new episodes are in the process of being edited. She didn’t specify exactly what was being done, but it likely will be to give less attention to the couple’s marital problems.

‘Desperate Housewives’ to be exported to Turkey

“Desperate Housewives” might be ending its U.S. run after this season, but the ladies of Wisteria Lane are getting broadcast Botox in the form of a new international version of the ABC show, set to launch in Turkey.

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