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To paraphrase Benjamin Franklin: Nothing is certain in life except death, taxes, and reality-based television. Or so it seems in the wake of Survivor’s success. The CBS series has spawned a litter of hackneyed shows all clawing to join The Real World and Cops in the pantheon of “reality” programming. And with Hollywood’s recent threatened strikes, producers are scrambling to concoct even more scenarios capable of out-titillating Temptation Island and outlasting Survivor. Of course, making programming sans actors has a long history. But documentary filmmakers scoff at the suggestion that their craft and shows like Fox’s Boot Camp are born from the same muse. Come listen to a panel of filmmakers and producers, including Susan Hadary (winner of an Academy Award for her documentary King Gimp), debate the issue in the forum “Reality Television: New Facts About Nonfiction?” It begins at 7:30 p.m. at American University’s Kay Spiritual Life Center, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Free. (202) 885-2074. (Felix Gillette)