'Pirates' reality show set to sail
By BILL HARRIS -- Sun Media
Upon hearing the news that CTV has acquired Canadian broadcast rights to a new reality series about pirates, we couldn't help but think of Jerry Seinfeld and his puffy shirt.
"You're going to be the first pirate," Kramer enthused in a classic episode of Seinfeld.
"But I don't want to be a pirate!" Jerry lamented.
Nonetheless, Mark Burnett Productions is seeking 16 people who actually want to be pirates for the reality show Pirate Master: The Adventure Begins.
The show will debut this summer on CTV and CBS, after Burnett's Survivor: Fiji -- which debuts tonight -- wraps up.
Pirate Master is an obvious attempt to cash in on popularity of the Pirates Of The Caribbean movies.
Casting is underway and production will begin soon in the Caribbean.
A host for the series will be announced at a later date.
Why not Johnny Depp, a.k.a. Captain Jack Sparrow?
In Pirate Master, 16 ordinary people living aboard a real pirate ship will compete in pursuit of hidden treasure: A bounty with a total value of $1 million.
Each week, one competitor will be "set adrift."
Equipped only with maps and compasses, the pirates will embark on intense, physical expeditions on a mysterious Caribbean island.
In an earlier deal, CTV also acquired the rights to Burnett's On The Lot, a collaboration with director/producer Steven Spielberg that will pit would-be movie-makers against each other.
On The Lot, which also will air on Fox, is scheduled to debut this spring.
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Pirates pegged for CBS
The buc stops at the Eye in '07
By JOSEF ADALIAN
Shiver me timbers: CBS and Mark Burnett are hitting the high seas, teaming up for a pirate-themed reality adventure skein.
Eye has greenlit production on approximately 13 episodes of the untitled project, which begins casting shortly with an eye on a summer 2007 premiere. Details of the project are being kept under wraps.
What is known is that the action in the skein will take place on both land and at sea, suggesting the presence of ships and islands as central characters in the unscripted drama.
It's also expected the skein will incorporate traditional reality elements such as competitions and elimination ceremonies. (Perhaps losers will have to walk the plank?)
However, one person familiar with the details of the skein cautions the show will not simply be "Survivor" at sea, and will vary from Burnett's original Eye skein in many ways.
A CBS rep confirmed the order and the pirate theme, but declined to discuss specifics. Burnett could not be reached for comment over the weekend.
Mark Burnett Prods. is wrapping up its AOL-based competition "Gold Rush" this week, while continuing a Web-based promotion for "Flushed Away."
Company's slate also includes "Survivor," "The Apprentice," "The Contender," "Martha" and the upcoming Steven Spielberg collaboration "On the Lot."
Eye has not yet announced whether Burnett's "Rock Star" will return for a third season.
So basically, it's 'Survivor at sea'. What do you think, will this be a success a la Burnett's Survivor and The Apprentice? *okay*