Mark Burnett will produce live MTV Movie Awards in June

Mark Burnett, the executive producer of shows such as Survivor and The Apprentice will serve as the executive producer for MTV’s 16th annual Movie Awards this summer.

The show will be live “for the first time in Movie Awards history,” according to an MTV press release, and this really excites Burnett. “Adding a live element to the Movie Awards irreverence and spoofs, it simply means … anything can happen. Buckle your seatbelts!” he said.

MTV’s president, Christina Norman, says in the release that “Mark has great ideas and vision for the Movie Awards, and I know he’s going to bring some fresh energy to the show. I can’t wait to see how his vision comes together to create a one of a kind experience for the Movie Awards, on television and on line.”

Perhaps he’ll divide the audience by race, move the ceremony to the island he bought in Panama, or have Donald Trump fire the losers. But cheap, all-too-easy jokes aside, Burnett is unquestionably one of the most skilled producers in television, but mostly with edited content. It’s almost odd, then, that this typically pre-taped, completely orchestrated event would bring him in at the same time they decided to go live.

Television Maverick & Emmy Award(R) Winner Mark Burnett Set To Executive Produce The 16th Annual 2007 Mtv Movie Awards [MTV press release]

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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