CBS considering rescheduling Rock Star: INXS; Mark Burnett says he’s held “to a different standard”

The relative failure of Mark Burnett’s Rock Star: INXS has CBS “seriously weighing scheduling changes related to the series,” in part because “the show is performing worse on many nights than the re-runs CBS aired in the time slots a year ago,” the Wall Street Journal reports.

Mark Burnett admits the show isn’t doing well, but says he’s being treated unfairly. “Am I disappointed? Yes. But when you’ve had the level of success that I’ve had, people hold you to a different standard. Nobody bats a thousand in this business,” he told the paper.

The WSJ says “some senior network executives complain that Mr. Burnett has stretched himself too thin. While giving him credit for trying risky projects, these people also grouse that the former British paratrooper has grown so powerful that he ignores suggestions of how to improve struggling shows.”

Burnett, of course, dismisses that: “That’s ridiculous. Networks keep buying my shows because they know at the very least I deliver outstanding quality.”

By the way, Rock Star: INXS has been expensive for CBS. The WSJ says “the 38 episodes will cost in the neighborhood of $50 million to produce, say network executives familiar with its pricing.”

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Surprisingly, man not eaten alive on Eaten Alive

Eaten Alive

Discovery Channel’s happy family holiday special Eaten Alive aired Sunday, rewarding viewers for their two full hours of viewing by ensuring that they spent quality time in the company of others instead of wasting that time doing something else that might not have been as satisfying, such as buying things that have labels which accurately reflect their contents.


Winter 2015 reality TV debut schedule

winter 2015 reality TV schedule

Mark your calendars with all these upcoming reality TV show debuts, including Celebrity Apprentice, The Bachelor, and another season of MasterChef Junior, all of which kick off in early January.

There are also 20+ shows debuting in December--including the one-off return of The Sing Off. No winter break for reality TV.

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