Burnett: “people thought they could throw anything on the air and get ratings.”

Burnett: “people thought they could throw anything on the air and get ratings.”
Mark Burnett talks about reality TV–and his upcoming series Combat Missions, which will air on USA Network starting Jan. 16. The show features competitions and challenges attempted by military and law enforcement personnel, and Burnett says “this war is perfect timing” for the show. He also talks about the failure of other reality TV shows: “Anything which is entertaining and well-produced can entertain an audience. … Because of Survivor‘s success, people thought they could throw anything on the air and get ratings. They were wrong,” he says.

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Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.