Mark BurnettLatest News and Opinion
Posted Thursday 6/07/18 at 5:41PM EDT
Mark Burnett is reviving Eco-Challenge with Bear Grylls
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
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
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
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
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
"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."
Posted Friday 2/09/18 at 5:53AM EST
CBS’ The World’s Best talent competition sounds a lot like America’s Got Talent
Although the Mark Burnett-Mike Darnell reality competition is billing itself as having the best talent and judges from around the globe, the same can be said of America’s Got Talent, which also features worldwide talent and international judges.
Posted Wednesday 2/07/18 at 2:44PM EST
CBS will search for the most-talented person in the world in The World’s Best reality competition
Mark Burnett and former Fox reality boss Mike Darnell, who launched American Idol, are behind the competition “that features acts from every genre imaginable, from every corner of the planet.” The winner will be crowned “The World’s Best” after going through a gauntlet that includes 50 of the world’s most accomplished experts from all corners of entertainment.
Posted Wednesday 2/07/18 at 9:42AM EST
Disney Channel is making a live-action Kim Possible movie
The animated comedy-adventure series about a crime-fighting high schooler is becoming a live-action movie as part of the Disney Channel Original Movie franchise. Kim Possible aired on Disney Channel from 2002 to 2007, including two animated movies. Creators Mark McCorkle and Robert Schooley along with The DUFF writer Josh Cagan will pen the script. "Mark and Bob created an enduring character and kids all over the world found a friend in her, an average girl who just happens to spend her off-school hours thwarting evil villains," said Disney Channel’s Adam Bonnett. "Although Kim Possible 'can do anything,' kids and tweens found that this animated redhead was just like them.” The film will be directed by Adam B. Stein and Zach Lipovsky, who met as finalists on Fox's On the Lot, the reality filmmaker competition from Steven Spielberg and Mark Burnett that ran in the summer of 2007.
Posted Tuesday 1/30/18 at 2:04AM EST
Netflix has found its Messiah
Mehdi Dehbi will play the lead role in the Mark Burnett/Roma Downey-produced drama about a “man who first appears in the Middle East creating a groundswell of followers around him claiming he is the Messiah…People are unsure if he is a divine messenger or a political rabble-rouser.”
Posted Monday 1/22/18 at 1:40PM EST
Mark Burnett is reviving his boxing reality TV competition The Contender on Epix
Sylvester Stallone was a big part of The Contender, which launched on NBC in 2005 before airing subsequent seasons on ESPN and Versus, but there’s no word on whether Stallone will be back. “Boxing belongs on premium pay television and there is no better home for The Contender than Epix.” said Burnett in a statement. “We will tell stories of the fighters, the families and their difficult journeys in the emotionally compelling Contender style, so that viewers get to vicariously ‘walk a mile’ in the boxers shoes.”
Posted Thursday 11/16/17 at 3:42PM EST
Netflix orders a modern-day Messiah series from Mark Burnett and Roma Downey
The couple behind the History channel miniseries The Bible are putting together a series “exploring the lines among religion, faith and politics." Messiah revolves around a mysterious figure who surfaces in the Middle East, whom people believe to be the Messiah.