ABC Orders “Trust” Pilot from Mark Burnett
Mark Burnett, the executive producer of the now-infamous Our Little Genius, is back at it with a new pilot just ordered by ABC. ABC Entertainment News, from the Hollywood Reporter, says that the network has ordered a pilot for the game show Trust Me, I’m a Game Show Host from Burnett. The slight twist is there are two hosts for the show, each talking about the same subject. One will be saying truthful things and the other will be lying. It’s up to the contestants, selected from the audience, to pick out which is true and which is false. Burnett also did the great Shark Tank for ABC, which is awaiting renewal.
If I had to place money on it, I wouldn’t think we’d end up seeing this air. Primetime game shows like to play it extremely safe and use the Millionaire cookie-cutter model. This may venture out of the safety territory a bit too much and that seems to terrify networks these days. Sounds like it could be interesting for a cable network, but it’s a bit too out-there for primetime. But hey, I wouldn’t have figured people guessing if a Bingo ball number is even or odd would make it and somehow ABC ordered National Bingo Night. I could be wrong.
I give Mark Burnett a lot of credit at least. He does get a lot of original formats out there and that’s always nice to see. It’s nice to see him come back nicely and so soon after the entire Our Little Genius fiasco which, in total honesty, he personally handled perfectly after he found out what was going on.