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8 YOUR NEIGHBOR Fox's "American Idol" is a strong summer "Survivor." USA and ABC will try to duplicate with searches for a country star and potential Miss All-Around America.

5 HBO STORY MINE Deal to finance stories for Salon.com in exchange for movie options looks promising, but so did Tina Brown's and Miramax's vision of Talk.

4 JEFF ZUCKER Hard to fault the NBC chief for bare ratings grabs, but seems awfully fascinated with Playboy as the means. Playmates make latest NBC appearance on "Dog Eat Dog" - that follows "Fear Factor" and "Weakest Link."

2 SATELLITE RADIO Viability of fledgling medium prompting serious questions. Sirius' stock plunges as cash flow/reserves are troubled. Competitor XM also fails to jazz investors.

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