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Mark Burnett's New Series Pits Game Show Host vs. Game Show Host

by Kim Potts, posted Mar 11th 2010 9:45AM
His last game show attempt, 'Our Little Genius,' didn't even make it to the airwaves, but reality TV uber-producer Mark Burnett has a new idea that sounds like a winner.

ABC has ordered to pilot 'Trust Me, I'm a Game Show Host,' a Burnett-produced series in which two hosts go head-to-head on various topics, with contestants from the audience challenged to determine which one is telling the truth.His last game show attempt, 'Our Little Genius,' didn't even make it to the airwaves, but reality TV uber-producer Mark Burnett has a new idea that sounds like a winner.

ABC has ordered to pilot 'Trust Me, I'm a Game Show Host,' a Burnett-produced series in which two hosts go head-to-head on various topics, with contestants from the audience challenged to determine which one is telling the truth.

The show's success will obviously be largely dependent on who will be chosen as the show's hosts, and the search to cast those roles is currently underway. It's probably too much to hope for a Ryan Seacrest vs. Jeff Probst smackdown, right?

Meanwhile, the new show comes on the heels of a rare Burnett flop: His Fox game show, 'Our Little Genius,' was put on hold by Fox after Burnett himself told the network he was concerned that some of the kiddie contestants had been given information about the questions they'd be asked ahead of time, much like the quiz show scandals of the '50s.

Actor Kevin Pollack serves as 'Genius' host, but it remains up in the air as to whether Fox will produce new episodes of the show and premiere them later this year or just cancel the show altogether.

Not that primetime is lacking for Burnett shows. In addition to 'Survivor,' a daily syndicated version of 'Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?' and a new season of 'Celebrity Apprentice' that premieres on Sunday, Burnett also produces ABC's 'Shark Tank' and Jeff Probst's CBS reality show 'Live for the Moment,' which may become a regular addition to the CBS schedule.

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