Burnett sued for stealing Apprentice idea.

Burnett sued for stealing Apprentice idea.
The latest trend in reality TV, besides stealing ideas from other networks, is suing producers for stealing your reality TV show ideas. Mark Burnett, who knows a thing or two about filing lawsuits, is being sued along with his producing partners for allegedly stealing the idea for The Apprentice. According to American City Business Journals, “In August of 2000, [Mark] Bethea claims he conceived and developed a reality-TV show entitled ‘C.E.O.’, which had contestants competing against each other in a corporate environment to become the chief executive officer of an actual corporation.” He says he pitched that to Burnett and executive producer Conrad Riggs but was rejected, and we all know what happened next. Even more damning, Bethea says that he suggested Donald Trump host the show. Why wait until the start of the second season to do something? Bethea’s attorney says in a press release, “Since NBC first announced ‘The Apprentice’ in Spring of 2003, my client has contacted the show’s producers to settle this matter. These efforts have been met with arrogant disregard for my client and his copyright interests. Thus, we are where we are today.”

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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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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.