Mark Burnett appears to disagree with Jeff Probst about what makes good TV

Survivor executive producer Mark Burnett appears to disagree with Survivor executive producer and host Jeff Probst about what makes good TV.

Compare what Mark Burnett told Entertainment Weekly about his new religious mission reality show to what Probst said in an interview about Survivor’s villains:

Jeff Probst: “Villains are who you want to watch on TV. … All the main characters [on certain dramas] are evil people who are often breaking the law and certainly are immoral. They’re certainly the most fun to watch. I’m not interested in watching, I don’t know, ‘The Cosby Show.’ That’s not fun.”

Mark Burnett: “There has been a shift, I’m sure of it. People are genuinely hurting. The last thing the audience wants to see is people ripped apart.”

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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