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    Brunett: Stars are Real, The Show Isn't


    May 27, 2004 -- MARK Burnett, who created "Survivor" and "The Ap prentice," admits that much of the stuff on reality TV is manipulated.
    "We create situations," Burnett told The Hollywood Reporter yesterday in an unusually candid interview.

    But, he said, the manipulation is intended to bring out genuine emotions from the players and that's what his shows are really about.

    "This is clearly contrived situations . . .," he says. "Were I to wait for 16 people to happen to be shipwrecked, I'd be waiting a long time to do a show."

    So what if the situations in reality TV are not real, he explained. The emotions are.

    "It's so real," he says. "It's dealing with those raw, connected emotional hooks."

    The shock of being voted off the island or being fired, he said, are like "death and rebirth." And it's that drama that keep viewers coming back week after week.

    Burnett also reveals that he bases his reality shows on the theories of Joseph Campbell, the mythology scholar who wrote "The Power of Myth" and "The Hero With a Thousand Faces." Those books served also as director George Lucas' inspirations for the "Star Wars" movies.

    "I'm a huge fan of Joseph Campbell," he tells the magazine.

    "Both 'The Apprentice' and 'Survivor' have something in common, which is dealing with the emotional pull that all humans feel from being excluded from something," he says. "It's something that's akin to not being invited to the party, like being the last person chosen in [the] schoolyard for a sports team."

    Post TV Staff

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    I do not find this to be surprising and i am in fact happy he's come out and said this. In another thread I Stated that reality tv was akin to professional wrestling and that situations were being created .I am not the first or the only one to say, but I believe many want to believe what we are seeing to be "real".Look you can can like your shows if you want. I just don't like to see people looking to certain shows for guidence or for inner strenght --it's entertainment---. I like mark Burnett and i am looking forward to tuning into The Casino. do I believe situations will be 'created" absolutley yes! do I believe they camers will catch some things taking place that are not planned or manipulated ,absolutly yes. Am I going to be entertained you better believe it because.Mark Burnett has the Midas touch right now and I want to see him work it.I think when you take a show that deals with people who have legitimate emotional issues and they are manipulated for the sake of entertainment and they feel they are getting help that bothers me. But a little manipulation on shows like Survivor, The Apperntice is more about the "competition"-no harm no foul.I'm happy Burnett has come forward with this information which I think will make The casino even more entertaining to watch.
    Last edited by fit_chick5; 05-27-2004 at 09:11 PM.

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