Burnett unhappy with NBC, suggests “too much press” might be to blame for low Martha ratings

Mark Burnett wasn’t happy with NBC’s decision to move Martha’s time slot, even though the move ultimately resulted in slightly higher ratings for The Apprentice: Martha Stewart.

Earlier in the week, he told the LA Times, “Now we’ll have ‘E-Ring’ leading into ‘Martha,’ which isn’t a good lead-in. … Clearly the move is designed to save ‘E-Ring.'” But yesterday he was somewhat placated: “Despite very few promos [the program] showed decent growth.”

Why has the show done so poorly? “Maybe there was too much press. It was, like, everywhere,” Burnett says. All of this “behind-the-scenes jockeying over Stewart’s troubled spinoff has sparked friction between the network and famed “Apprentice” producer Mark Burnett,” the Times reports.

But Burnett says he’s cool: “I’m not mad. It’s just business.” Oh, that clever bastard, using the tag line from Trump’s Apprentice.

No master of prime time [LA Times]

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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