You know when he walks away and tells the women, “Don’t look at my butt when I walk away”? Burnett: On “The Voice,” people said that there was no way another singing show could work. Burnett: I was the one who went to Fox and said, “OK, I want to make my first dating show. Just when they’re sitting around having another cocktail and talking about their love life, they hear that noise of the helicopter, and they’re, “Whoa! ” Next up, you have a new Steve Harvey show for ABC, where entrepreneurs will compete for seed funding. I know him, I love his values, Roma [Downey, Burnett’s wife] knows him. Four years in a row we produced premium stuff in this space: “The Bible,” “The Dovekeepers,” “A.
I want to do this with you.” I didn’t go around pitching the show. He likes the idea of telling people how to live their dreams entrepreneurially. D.,” “Ben Hur.” Believe me, there will be big things coming around our Faith and Family channel.
Burnett: Yeah, and there’s never been a better time to be in business with Mark Burnett. One more question: what’s the status of your previously announced Faith and Family digital channel?
We caught up with Burnett to find out what attracted him to “Coupled” and what’s next. I really like that the show feels young and relevant, with the texting and the video sharing.
(And we also found a topic he was less interested in discussing.) A condensed version of our chat follows. You’re watching the show and if someone is aware of modern American dating, it looks like real life…
This show, an audience gets to select with entrepreneur gets the funding. And Mark, you know I can’t let you go without asking you about your former “Apprentice” host Donald Trump.
There’s never been a better time to be in business with Steve Harvey, right? I’d say it feels like “Straight Outta Compton,” the music competition. Dre and these guys get their start, it feels more like that. It’s part music show, part documentary, part real life.
There have been a lot of dating shows over the years; what drew you to this particular take on the format? And also, for these women, it’s not like their life is over if they don’t meet the right guy. Women journalists watch the show and say ‘well done,’ showing women in the light that they should be shown.
“Survivor” and “The Voice” executive producer Mark Burnett had never tackled a dating show — until now.His new Fox series “Coupled,” which debuts tonight, positions itself as a more female-empowerment version of the usual dating format (a.k.a. On the show, 12 women meet a single guy, and decide whether they want to pursue him — or wait back at the bungalow for the next dude.The show also looks to update how modern young couples now communicate — yes, there’s a lot of texting (visually shown) on the show.READ MORE: Here’s Why Reality TV is an Ideal Day Job for Indie Filmmakers Besides being a producer (he’s also behind the upcoming feature “Ben-Hur”), Burnett’s a busy executive these days, having been named president of MGM Television and Digital Group in December.
I like the idea of a show where every woman could find love, and men are coming regularly by helicopter and by speedboat in a very dramatic fashion. Burnett: It’s never, ever been seen on that other show. Your host, Terrence “J” Jenkins, is young enough that the women mistake him for one of the bachelors. But I think this show has a real chance to connect with viewers. You can’t guarantee every show will be a hit, but I’ve got a better record than most. “Coupled” premieres Tuesday, May 17, at 9/8c on Fox. Burnett: He’s not like some rule setter who’s going to make these comments to women. How tough is it to launch a new unscripted show, in a world where have pretty much seen it all? Why did you wait until now to do your first dating show?