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.”

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John Rocker

In its third episode, Survivor San Juan Del Sur improved significantly as John Rocker faced off against an Amazing Race villain. But the Exile Island reward challenge remains a drag on the series.


Why Dick Donato left Big Brother 13

Dick Donato

The Big Brother villain known as "Evel Dick" has finally revealed why he left the show during its 13th season: he learned he was HIV positive.

Also: Dick claims he had no choice but to leave the game.

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