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Mark Burnett gets real for CBS drama

by Allison Waldman, posted Sep 29th 2009 12:28PM
Mark_burnett_CBSWhat happens when the producer of Survivor collaborates with his wife, an actress who starred in Touched by an Angel, in a story created by the guy who brought us Dirty Sexy Money? Do you get Touched by a Dirty Sexy Angel? I guess that's what CBS will find out because Mark Burnett and Roma Downey are teaming with Craig Wright for a drama project for CBS.

Burnett, he of Survivor and a half-dozen other reality shows, is married to Angel star Roma Downey, and they're both executive producers while Wright is doing the writing for Sony Pictures TV. The show is the story of a lawyer who nearly dies in a car crash and gets a second chance at life when the ghost of his ex-wife appears to him.

Hmm... Downey as an angel, Downey as a ghost. I can see it. CBS would probably love to have her back in prime time if she's ready to act again. And Wright knows the ghostly angle because he won an Emmy for Six Feet Under. Remember how Nate's father haunted him?

Add to that the network's successful connection to Burnett and you can call this a pretty solid package, especially since there's one of those script commitment plus penalty clauses attached to this. You want to bet CBS will greenlight the pilot if it's not the Hindenberg of a script.

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Sounds pretty interesting! I hope the lawyer likes his ex-wife! Not sure I would want my ex's ghost visiting me! Mark Burnett usually does good stuff, so yes I'll watch. At least the Pilot episode that is!

September 29 2009 at 2:13 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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