PRINCETON, W.Va. (AP) - The original Gilligan doesn't think a new reality television show based on his classic sitcom will work well.
"'Gilligan's Island' is one show that they've never tried to copy. They couldn't burlesque it, because we had done so much of that. And they couldn't satirize it, because we had done so much of that, too. So producers just left it alone. I really don't think this show is going to work," Bob Denver, who played Gilligan on the original "Gilligan's Island," said from his Princeton home.
"The Real Gilligan's Island," set to debut on TBS in November, will feature seven castaways: a real-life skipper, a first mate, a millionaire couple, a movie star, a professor and an innocent farm girl. The show will pit them against the elements to see if they can devise a way to get off the island.
The castaways will even relive some of the bizarre scenarios from the original series, an idea that made Denver chuckle.
"I'd like to see them put a lion or a tiger on the island, but I really don't think that would happen. Or they could get real headhunters from Borneo and put them on the island," Denver said.