- - Monday, May 14, 2012

“Survivor: One World” should have probably just been called “Survivor: Kim’s World.”

Kim Spradlin not only won the CBS reality competition’s $1 million grand prize Sunday, the crafty 29-year-old bridal shop owner from San Antonio, Texas, also brought the alliance that she helped form at the game’s outset to the final tribal council all while engineering the dismissal of each member of the show’s nine-person jury of former players.

“I strategized until I was blue in the face,” Ms. Spradlin said.

The jury ultimately voted for Ms. Spradlin over her allies, 33-year-old high school teacher Sabrina Thompson of New York and 26-year-old medical saleswoman Chelsea Meissner of Charleston, S.C. Ms. Spradlin, Ms. Meissner and Ms. Thompson worked together from the first day of the game, which originally featured two tribes divided by sex living on the same beach in Samoa.

Ms. Spradlin also received the most viewer votes, winning an additional $100,000 fan-favorite prize.

Matthew Perry will star in "Go On" on NBC as a fast-talking, sarcastic sportscaster who loses his wife in a car accident. (Associated Press)
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At the end of the finale, “Survivor” host Jeff Probst announced that the upcoming 25th season would be titled “Survivor: Philippines” and would feature three tribes as well as three returning contestants who previously were removed from the game for medical concerns.

'Desperate Housewives' wraps up eight-year run

There was nothing desperate about this finale. ABC’s “Desperate Housewives” concluded its rocky, racy and macabre eight-season run with a tidy, affectionate send-off.

For those who haven’t yet made their farewell visit to Wisteria Lane, be advised: Plot spoilers from Sunday’s finale await.

Suffice it to say, everyone seems destined to live happily ever after. At least, with the exception of Karen McCluskey (Kathryn Joosten), the cranky but lovable senior who was battling cancer. But she dies peacefully at home, the way she wanted, with a favorite Johnny Mathis record serenading her.

By this point, she has saved the day for Bree Van de Kamp (Marcia Cross), who was on trial for murder — an accidental homicide that actually was committed by Carlos (Ricardo Antonio Chavira), the husband of Bree’s fellow housewife, Gabrielle (Eva Longoria).

The charges are dropped against Bree, who overcomes her fear of commitment and settles down with her cute lawyer, Trip (Scott Bakula), after he assures her that her tarnished past doesn’t bother him.

Lynette (Felicity Huffman) and Tom (Doug Savant), whose marriage seemed on the rocks, reconcile passionately in the middle of Wisteria Lane in the romantic glow of streetlights.

Preparations are afoot for the gala marriage of Renee (Vanessa Williams) and Ben (Charles Mesure), with all the expected hysteria and confusion.

Then Julie (Andrea Lauren Bowen), the daughter of Susan (Teri Hatcher), gives birth at the hospital as, in crosscuts, the wedding reception takes place and Karen breathes her last. Life, nuptials and death: a bittersweet confluence.

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