Conrad Riggs sues Mark Burnett for $70 million

Conrad Riggs, the co-executive producer with Mark Burnett on shows such as The Apprentice and The Contender, in addition to crappier shows like The Casino and The Restaurant, is suing Burnett for $70 million.

He is “accusing Burnett of breaching their partnership agreement and demanding more than $70 million in damages,” according to The Hollywood Reporter, and “contends that Burnett has reneged on their 10-year-old oral agreement to share all revenue 90-10.” In addition, Riggs says “Burnett stopped payments and cut Riggs’ access to financial information about his businesses in February 2007, and Riggs was evicted from Mark Burnett Prods.’ offices a year later,” according to the paper.

Why sue now? Perhaps because Burnett may sell his company for more than a quarter of a billion dollars. And this lawsuit, THR says, “would be a hurdle in closing such a deal, so Riggs might get a quick settlement.”

Mark Burnett sued by former partner [Hollywood Reporter]

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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