Burnett says The Casino may last nine seasons; Discovery airing a casino series.

Burnett says The Casino may last nine seasons; Discovery airing a casino series.
Mark Burnett says The Casino, which debuts June 14 on FOX, is “a nine-season, ongoing soap opera.” Why won’t it be similar to his The Restaurant? He tells USA TODAY that the show is “edgier. Fox is an edgier network. Las Vegas is an edgier place. It’s people letting their hair down and going crazy.” Meanwhile, The Discovery Channel will beat FOX and Burnett to the punch with American Casino, which debuts this Friday at 8 p.m. ET. It follows the staff of Green Valley Ranch, in addition to brothers Frank Fertitta III and Lorenzo Fertitta who own the Station Casinos. Lorenzo tells USA TODAY that they agreed to do the show because “we wanted to show how complex an operation it is and the trials and tribulations that go into making an experience great.” It’s produced by Craig Piligian, the man behind American Chopper.

Survivor San Juan Del Sur's dark cloud is lifted

John Rocker

In its third episode, Survivor San Juan Del Sur improved significantly as John Rocker faced off against an Amazing Race villain. But the Exile Island reward challenge remains a drag on the series.


Why Dick Donato left Big Brother 13

Dick Donato

The Big Brother villain known as "Evel Dick" has finally revealed why he left the show during its 13th season: he learned he was HIV positive.

Also: Dick claims he had no choice but to leave the game.

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