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TV Bulletin Board (Aug. 27) -- Tinytown Texan among 20 new Survivor castaways

Oil company owner Russell Hantz of Survivor: Samoa

Broadcast TV's longest-running reality competition series sets sail for the 19th time on Sept. 17th, with a brawny oil company owner from a dinky Texas town among the 20 castaways on CBS' Survivor: Samoa.

Russell Hantz, 36, hails from Dayton, population 5,709 as of the 2000 census. It's located in far east Texas, a bit north of burgeoning Stilson.

Hantz positions himself as a cocksure svengali in a CBS promotional tape.

"You can call me the puppetmaster," he says. "If I tell 'em to run, they're gonna run. I tell 'em to stop, they'll stop. And when I'm finished with 'em, just throw 'em in the trash."

That's the spirit.

***Laura Linney, an Emmy winner for her performance in HBO's John Adams miniseries, will return to contemporary times as a cancer-sticken suburban housewife in the new Showtime series The C Word.

The network bills it as a comedy, with Showtime entertainment president Robert Greenblatt saying that Linney "will no doubt make this character both heartbreaking and disarmingly funny."

A pilot will be shot this fall.

*** TNT has renewed its action series Leverage for a third season. The network also recently announced a pickup of the medical drama HawthoRNe for a sophomore year.

***Summer Glau, formerly of Fox's Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, is segueing to the network's second-year series Dollhouse, where she'll play a recurring character named Bennett.

Dollhouse creator Joss Whedon previously employed Glau in his shortlived Fox series Firefly.