The relative failure of Mark Burnett’s Rock Star: INXS has CBS “seriously weighing scheduling changes related to the series,” in part because “the show is performing worse on many nights than the re-runs CBS aired in the time slots a year ago,” the Wall Street Journal reports.
Mark Burnett admits the show isn’t doing well, but says he’s being treated unfairly. “Am I disappointed? Yes. But when you’ve had the level of success that I’ve had, people hold you to a different standard. Nobody bats a thousand in this business,” he told the paper.
The WSJ says “some senior network executives complain that Mr. Burnett has stretched himself too thin. While giving him credit for trying risky projects, these people also grouse that the former British paratrooper has grown so powerful that he ignores suggestions of how to improve struggling shows.”
Burnett, of course, dismisses that: “That’s ridiculous. Networks keep buying my shows because they know at the very least I deliver outstanding quality.”
By the way, Rock Star: INXS has been expensive for CBS. The WSJ says “the 38 episodes will cost in the neighborhood of $50 million to produce, say network executives familiar with its pricing.”