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My Greatest Contribution to Reality Television

January 16, 2011

I was fortunate enough to get to travel to Nicaragua this past summer to visit the set of CBS’s “Survivor.” While I was there I had a chance to chat with reality TV guru Mark Burnett. The topic of “Celebrity Apprentice” came up, and everyone started tossing out their casting picks for the next season.

I popped on my reality TV producer hat and tried to figure out what I’d look for in a “Celebrity Apprentice” contestant. I decided that the ideal candidate would be relatively famous, free-spirited, and certifiably insane.

It was then that I decided that the two people who best fit that description were ‘Macho Man’ Randy Savage and Gary Busey. I pitched those two ideas to Mark and we all had a laugh.

For those of you who follow the program (I don’t) you’ll be glad to know that Mr. Busey will in fact be suiting up for Mr. Trump’s next attempt to do whatever that show is intending to do. I will accept all due credit every time Gary sets something on fire or stabs a fellow contestant with a letter opener.

Sadly, Randy Savage was left on the sidelines.

Mark Burnett Talks ‘Survivor’ and ‘Wedding Day’

June 12, 2009

An official Reality TV Hall of Fame doesn’t exist at this time, but when it does, the first-ballot inductee would have to be Mark Burnett. Alongside exhibits such as Pedro Zamora’s peanut butter jar and Ryan Seacrest’s hair products you’d be sure to find a special section (or perhaps even a wing) for Burnett’s reality juggernauts such as “Survivor,” and “The Apprentice.”

We had a chance to talk to this reality pioneer about his new show “Wedding Day,” which celebrity he’d love to see step into “The Contender” ring, as well as a few interesting future locations for “Survivor.”

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