Is he no longer a Survivor?

October 28, 2008

In the wake of MIPCOM, television’s buying and selling junket held on the beaches at Cannes each year, networks around the world have been revealing what they hope to be the big hits of 2009.  Although there was talk of economic downturn the world over, there’s still a thirst for gameshows, crime drama and anything with the word interactive in the pitch. 

 

Then there’s Mark Burnett, super-producer.  The name behind Survivor, The Apprentice and Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader has revealed his latest offering to the tv world.  Live Like You’re Dying is being piloted by CBS.  It’s a reality show that grants terminally ill people a final wish (and the opportunity for them to share that with the viewing public).  Tears are guaranteed as we share time with a perfectly cast dying person embracing what is literally a once in a lifetime opportunity.  However, whether they choose to cruise the Nile or beat up Sylvester Stallone, it is hard to believe that we’ll find the proper empathy for anyone who would choose to spend their final days with a camera in their face and a producer saying ‘can you put that thing you said about fearing death into a proper sentence?’.