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February 19, 2001
You've enjoyed the reality shows, but are you ready for Survivor III: The Brooklyn Blacktop? Magic Johnson and Hoop Dreams director Steve James are looking to ride the reality craze by creating a series called Making the Team. Johnson will put a group of young players who have not received college scholarships through their paces and select a team of nine that will play against one of the country's top high school squads. Each of the nine who makes the final cut will get a full four-year scholarship, either from a school impressed by his playing ability or from the show. The idea is to milk drama out of the selection process and the players' back-stories. "It will be an ongoing documentary, not the structured Survivor format," says James. "There will be attrition, but no tribal councils." If a network commits soon, the show could be on the air as early as next fall....
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February 19, 2001

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You've enjoyed the reality shows, but are you ready for Survivor III: The Brooklyn Blacktop? Magic Johnson and Hoop Dreams director Steve James are looking to ride the reality craze by creating a series called Making the Team. Johnson will put a group of young players who have not received college scholarships through their paces and select a team of nine that will play against one of the country's top high school squads. Each of the nine who makes the final cut will get a full four-year scholarship, either from a school impressed by his playing ability or from the show. The idea is to milk drama out of the selection process and the players' back-stories. "It will be an ongoing documentary, not the structured Survivor format," says James. "There will be attrition, but no tribal councils." If a network commits soon, the show could be on the air as early as next fall....

If Venus and Serena Williams can do it, why not an NBA star? Kevin Garnett unveiled a clothing line featuring denim and leather coats, sweaters, shirts and other casual wear to be marketed under his label, OBF (Official Block Family). Garnett describes his designs as "a very relaxed, upscale contemporary look. We have jean suits, but they're nice jean suits."

...Last week Mark McGwire hosted the premiere of Close to Home, a documentary about sexual abuse produced by the Mark McGwire Foundation for Children. Codirected and coproduced by McGwire's former girlfriend Alexandra Dickson, the film chronicles the cases of seven victims of abuse, including former NHL player Sheldon Kennedy. The film, which cost $400,000 to make, has yet to find an outlet. "I was warned about making it," says McGwire. "Nobody wants to acknowledge sexual abuse. It's taboo."

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