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Posted Tuesday 9/18/18 at 10:47PM EDT
Tom Arnold's The Hunt for the Trump Tapes is an infuriating unwatchable disaster designed to bring him back to the spotlight
Arnold is among the many "opportunists" who've used the Trump presidency to reinvent themselves as a kind of anti-Trump activist, says Scott Meslow. Viceland's The Hunt for the Trump Tapes, he says, "purports to chronicle Arnold’s earnest effort to uncover audio or video evidence that could sink the Trump presidency. In reality, the whole thing is an elaborate vanity project designed to bring Tom Arnold back into the spotlight. By that measure, Trump Tapes has already been a success—leading to a lengthy Rolling Stone profile and a splashy celebrity feud (with Mark Burnett) and, yes, an article like this one, which is surely the first time in my career I have felt moved to write about Tom Arnold. The flaws of Trump Tapes begin with the show’s premise, which posits that an embarrassing video tape could derail the Trump presidency despite some extremely credible evidence to the contrary. But let’s play Arnold’s game and imagine (1) that there is a an as-yet uncovered video—a video that contains, say, Trump ordering some Russian prostitutes to pee on a bed meant for the Obama family—and (2) that the video could actually take Trump down. If that’s the mission Trump Tapes is setting for itself, it fails miserably."
- Is The Hunt for the Trump Tapes real or a put-on?: "I legitimately can't tell you if it is Arnold's attempt to do a Michael Moore-style exposé about Trump," says Daniel Fienberg, "or if it's a Curb Your Enthusiasm-style comedy about Arnold attempting to do a Moore-style exposé about Trump or if it's some uncomfortable and not truly successful hybrid in the middle in which the series wants to be both explosive and also hilarious when it's neither. So it's more Finding Bigfoot With Tom Arnold than Tom Arnold's The Jinx."
- It's repellent, captivating and one of the most honest portrayals of 2018 America
- Much of the series is dedicated to resurfacing stories that, while certainly outrageous, are, sadly, no longer remarkable
- Arnold excels at fighting narcissism with narcissism and spectacle with spectacle: "Like the bro-tastic Jimmy Kimmel, Arnold’s a better ambassador for anti-Trump sentiment than the likes of the smug Seth Meyers and the professorial Elizabeth Warren for the kinds of people who are attracted to volume and chest-thumping confidence," says Inkoo Kang. "Arnold’s can’t-stop-getting-into-political-arguments-with-strangers-on-Facebook energy goes a long way in The Hunt for the Trump Tapes, particularly when he injects some self-aware humor about his status as a has-been."
- Arnold tweeted then deleted that "LAPD is having a very hard time locating Mark Burnett"
Posted Monday 9/17/18 at 4:43PM EDT
Tom Arnold files a police battery report against Mark Burnett
“We can confirm a battery report was made at the West L.A. station. No arrest was made,” an LAPD spokesman tells Deadline. Arnold alleged last night that The Apprentice producer tried to choke him at a pre-Emmys party. Arnold says he has several witnesses, including Kevin Bacon and his actress daughter Sosie Bacon. Arnold has been targeting Burnett for months, even saying in an interview with Salon that he planned to confront Burnett at the Emmys. Arnold's new Viceland show, The Hunt for the Trump Tapes, premieres on Tuesday.
- An eyewitness tells ET that Arnold "basically ambushed" Burnett
- An eyewitness tells TMZ "Arnold came charging" at Burnett and Roma Downey and "pushed" Burnett." An altercation ensued, and Arnold ripped the crucifix off of Burnett's neck.
- Burnett's rep says he has "nothing to say at the moment"
Posted Monday 9/17/18 at 7:37AM EDT
Tom Arnold accuses Mark Burnett of choking him at a pre-Emmys party
Alyson Hannigan was among those witnessed a physical altercation between Arnold and Burnett Sunday night at a fundraiser for the Motion Picture Television Fund in Century City. "Walked n2 party behind Tom Arnold and saw him & Mark Burnett get into a fight!" she tweeted. "Thought it was a joke until security jumped in! #WhyIstayhome." Variety reports "a source with knowledge of the situation said it involved shoving but it was unclear who made the first move." Arnold, whose Viceland series The Hunt For The Trump Tapes premieres Tuesday, has been publicly feuding with Burnett over unreleased Apprentice tapes of Trump allegedly making racist and sexist remarks. Arnold tweeted: "Mark Burnett just went apesh*t & choked me at this huge Emmy party then he ran away with his torn Pink shirt & missing gold chain. I’m waiting for LAPD." An hour later, Roma Downey posted a picture of her hand, tweeting: "Got this bruise tonight when Tom Arnold tried to ambush my husband Mark and me at a charity event. Is your TV show worth it Tom? Please stop." Arnold responded to Downey's tweet: "Bullsh*t. You lie your crazy husband attacked me you psycho. I’m filing police report & suing you for defamation." Arnold also tweeted there is tape of the incident. Burnett could not be reached by Variety for comment. ALSO: Arnold claims that The Apprentice tapes were handed to Ronan Farrow on Sunday.
Posted Thursday 8/16/18 at 1:39PM EDT
Tom Arnold slams Mark Burnett for protecting Trump in rambling Jimmy Kimmel Live! interview
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
"There's two people who have never called me a liar about the N-word tape: Donald Trump and Mark Burnett, because they know it's true," Arnold said while promoting Viceland's The Hunt for the Trump Tapes. ALSO: Watch the new The Hunt for the Trump Tapes trailer.
Posted Tuesday 8/14/18 at 9:39AM EDT
President Trump: Mark Burnett called to say there are no Apprentice N-word tapes
Source: Entertainment Weekly
The president ranted on Twitter against Omarosa last night and into this morning, calling the thrice-fired former Apprentice contestant a "crazed, crying lowlife" and "that dog." He also tweeted that The Apprentice creator Mark Burnett "called to say that there are NO TAPES of the Apprentice where I used such a terrible and disgusting word as attributed by Wacky and Deranged Omarosa. I don’t have that word in my vocabulary, and never have. She made it up. Look at her MANY recent quotes saying...." In another tweet, Trump added: "....such wonderful and powerful things about me - a true Champion of Civil Rights - until she got fired. Omarosa had Zero credibility with the Media (they didn’t want interviews) when she worked in the White House. Now that she says bad about me, they will talk to her. Fake News!" Burnett has yet to confirm if he did indeed call Trump.
Posted Thursday 7/26/18 at 1:45PM EDT
Tom Arnold's The Hunt for the Trump Tapes premieres on Sept. 18
Arnold's Trump-themed eight-episode Viceland series is described as All the President’s Men meets Curb Your Enthusiasm. Meeting with critics at the TV press tour, Arnold said he doesn't care if the release of the "Trump tapes" makes no difference among President Trump's supporters. Arnold also ripped Mark Burnett: "I would love Mark Burnett, who sits at the prayer breakfast with (Trump), I'd like him to stand up and say, We had to cut out all the lies, sexual harassment and incompetence,'" said Arnold, who pointed out that his Viceland series spent a lot of time pushing Burnett to release the unaired Apprentice tapes. "He sits next to Donald Trump, and gives him cover. He never says one word. Mark Burnett says he's a Christian, and he lets that man do all that bullshit and he let a sexual harasser work on his show."
Posted Thursday 6/07/18 at 5:41PM EDT
Mark Burnett is reviving Eco-Challenge with Bear Grylls
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
Before Survivor, Burnett helmed Discovery Channel's Eco-Challenge, an environmentally-conscious reality competition. The new version has yet to find a network home. "The most asked question in my entire career is 'Will you ever bring back Eco-Challenge?' and I’d always known we needed the correct authentic figure head to lead us forward effectively," said Burnett. "Bear Grylls is that leader. He’s tough, he’s smart and he’s extremely capable in both the wilderness and in the boardroom. He’s my friend and I couldn’t be happier and I’d gladly follow him."
Posted Thursday 5/24/18 at 4:10AM EDT
How to fix Survivor: Strip Jeff Probst of his producing duties, and have fewer twists and themes
Source: reality blurred
After 18 years, Survivor could greatly improve if it dropped the idols and advantages, the twists and turns, and fixed the editing. Another important that should be done, but probably won't, is to stop Probst from also simultaneously working as a producer. "His endless challenge exposition is grating, but the real problem is that he’s producing in the moment instead of hosting," says Andy Dehnart. "It’s painful to watch as he tries to force things to happen or make Television Moments, especially when he misses the actual story."
Posted Tuesday 5/22/18 at 5:47PM EDT
CBS sets summer premiere dates for Big Brother and Kevin Hart's TKO: Total Knock Out
Source: TV Guide
Season 20 of Big Brother will kick off on Wednesday, June 27, with the traditional three episodes airing every week. The Mark Burnett-produced, Kevin Hart-hosted TKO: Total Knockout premieres on Wednesday, July 11. CBS has also scheduled the premiere of sci-fi thriller Salvation for June 25.
Posted Thursday 4/12/18 at 3:02PM EDT
Kevin Hart to host CBS' TKO: Total Knockout reality show
The hour-long obstacle-course reality show premieres this summer. “This show is perfectly aligned with my global brand,” Hart said. “The minute Mark Burnett pitched me, I got it and we decided to work together. This show has the potential to make me look tall.”
Posted Thursday 4/12/18 at 1:02PM EDT
Retired boxer Andre Ward tapped to host Epix's The Contender reboot
Source: Awful Announcing
The Mark Burnett reality show will also feature boxing trainers Freddie Roach and Naazim Richardson.
Posted Thursday 3/29/18 at 8:36PM EDT
President Trump touts Roseanne's big ratings, which he learned about from Mark Burnett
“I got a call from Mark Burnett, he did The Apprentice, he’s a great guy," Trump said in a speech in Ohio. "He said, ‘Donald, I called just to say hello, and to tell you: did you see Roseanne’s ratings?’ I said, ‘Mark, how big were they?’ They were unbelievable! Over 18 million people! And it was about us! They haven’t figured it out! The fake news hasn’t quite figured it out yet…But they will, and when they do, they’ll become much less fake.”
Posted Monday 3/26/18 at 2:46PM EDT
How Stormy Daniels was "Trumpian" in her 60 Minutes interview
Source: The New York Times
The porn star with the real name Stephanie Clifford "swatted Mr. Trump with a rolled-up network newsmagazine," says James Poniewozik. She was direct and conversational. She had playful one-liners. She told a story. "But most important — most, dare I say it, Trumpian — she was unapologetic," says Poniewozik. He adds: "Ms. Clifford owned her story and her life. Yes, she’s stripped and had sex on camera for a living, a 'legitimate — and legal, I’d like to point out — career.' Yes, she’s gotten job offers from her publicity: 'Tell me one person who would turn down a job offer making more than they’ve been making.' That should sound familiar. Running for president, Mr. Trump jiu-jitsued facts that would have ended other candidacies into selling points. Did he give money to candidates he later attacked? That meant he knew how to work the system, and thus could fix it. Did he avoid paying income taxes? 'That makes me smart.' His brazenness was the brazenness of reality TV, the argument of a finalist in a Survivor tribal council who tells the jury to hate the game, not the player. Just so, Ms. Clifford has used unshamability and quick-draw ripostes as a force field."
- Updated ratings: 22 million watched, a bigger audience than the Grammys and Golden Globes
- Given all the hype, Daniels' appearance was a little anticlimactic -- but it was "amazing television"
- Stormy Daniels' attorney Michael Avenatti previously "locked horns" with Apprentice producer Mark Burnett and Paris Hilton
Posted Thursday 3/08/18 at 1:41AM EST
President Trump gives a Twitter shout-out to Mark Burnett and Roma Downey on the release of her new book
Source: The Hill
"Great couple, great book!" Trump said in response to a tweet from his former Apprentice collaborator.
Posted Tuesday 2/20/18 at 1:46PM EST
CBS orders Mark Burnett's TKO, an "obstacle course meets dodgeball" reality TV competition
Burnett's latest reality competition will have competitors running through a challenging course while others attempt to knock or slow them down. “TKO is unlike any other competition show on television. It’s an obstacle course meets dodgeball," Burnett said in a statement. "It will create amazing viral moments."