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by Chris Harnick, posted Apr 25th 2011 2:20PM
Boston RobRob Mariano is going from 'Survivor' to TV host with the History channel's 'Around the World in 80 Ways.'

'Amazing Race' and 'Survivor' veteran Boston Rob will team up with Dennis Anderson, the creator of the monster truck Gravedigger brand to host the new series. According to History, the two will attempt to travel the world using 80 different modes of transportation, never repeating the same one.

"This series captures History's commitment to highly compelling entertainment within a historical framework," Dirk Hoogstra, senior vice president of development and programming at History, said in a statement. "The dynamic between our two hosts will make for great television, while viewers can journey around the world with them to explore the ingenuity of travel in every era, throughout all stages of technological advances."

The two hosts will use everything from blimps, fighter jets, ostriches and even build their own vehicles to get around the world. At times the two will work as a team, other portions of the journey will be a race.

In other TV news ...

'Law & Order: Criminal Intent' is tackling the troubled 'Spider-Man' Broadway musical. The storyline will feature a play with lots of high-flying wire work called 'Icarus.' A person involved in the play is killed in what looks like a stunt gone wrong. There are characters very close to the play who sound an awful lot like Julie Taymore and Bono. [TVLine]

'Blue Bloods' showrunners Mitchell Burgess and Robin Green have left the CBS drama. Reports indicate CBS wants to take the show in a more procedural direction. Ken Sanzel left his executive producer post in August after creative tension with Tom Selleck. [Deadline]

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