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    Jennifer Bresnan
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    Jennifer Bresnan
    Executive vp, alternative programming at CBS

    Overseeing three of the longest-running reality shows on television means there’s no time for pain. “Yeah I threw out my back, but I still made it into the office,” she says. The L.A.-based CBS exec points to Survivor’s successful move from a cozy Thursday perch to Wednesday night as her proudest achievement of the season: The fall Nicaragua edition consistently won its time slot among 18-49, and this spring’s Redemption Island cycle averages nearly 12 million viewers. She has a lot to choose from: The Amazing Race continues to average about 10 million viewers, CBS’ year-old Undercover Boss netted the largest audience ever for a premiere reality series last year, and Big Brother was up 6 percent in viewers last summer. (Bresnan’s four hit shows, Big Brother, Survivor, Race and Boss, and 2010 Emmy noms for the last three are responsible for her move up the Reality Power List from No. 9.) A bout of back pain aside, Bresnan says life’s been pretty good. “It hit me last year,” she says. “It was 2 p.m., and I was standing on a beach in Rio with Bertram van Munster. The Race challenge was to mix cocktails. I thought, ‘Wow, not too shabby.’ ”

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