CBS orders pirate-themed reality show from Mark Burnett

CBS is teaming up once again with Mark Burnett for a competition-based reality series, but this one will have a pirate theme. Arrgh.

The as-yet-untitled series will air next summer, and is described by Variety as “a pirate-themed reality adventure” that “will take place on both land and at sea, suggesting the presence of ships and islands as central characters in the unscripted drama.” In addition, the show will “will incorporate traditional reality elements such as competitions and elimination ceremonies.”

While this sounds a lot like Survivor, and that makes sense since nearly all of Mark Burnett’s reality series have followed that show’s formula, Variety insists that this is “will not simply be ‘Survivor’ at sea, and will vary from Burnett’s original” series.

Casting begins soon [PDF].

Pirates pegged for CBS [Variety]

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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