Mark Burnett plans restaurant-set, chef-focused reality TV show for NBC.

Mark Burnett plans restaurant-set, chef-focused reality TV show for NBC.
Mark Burnett’s The Restaurant, which he’s producing for NBC alongside Ben Silverman, will “follow the incredible trials and tribulations of launching a New York restaurant under the glass bubble of TV cameras,” Silverman says. That will be accomplished by “captur[ing] everything from the heat in the kitchen to gossip at the dinner table”–and product placement–E! Online reports. The restaurant/show’s chef will be the Food Network’s Rocco DiSpirito, and is expected to debut this summer.
+ plus: the UK’s ITV plans a show set in a bar run by three celebrities.

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Marriage At First Sight

In an era of Tinder and Grindr, instant acceptance or dismissal of a potential partner, or instant sex with another body, Married at First Sight offers the thrill of watching strangers deal with the very basics of relationships.

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