Did you see this BrownGuy? Toronto Sun
Fri, July 16, 2004
Survivor in B.C.?
MARK BURNETT IS LOOKING AT GREAT WHITE NORTH
By BILL BRIOUX, TORONTO SUN
FIRE UP the Tiki torches and pass the Doritos. Survivor might be coming to Canada. And a French-language version of The Apprentice is. Mega-producer Mark Burnett told the Sun in Los Angeles he's seriously considering shooting an edition of Survivor, his top-rated reality series, in the Great White North.
At a press party Wednesday night, I asked Burnett for the umpteenth time if Canadians will finally be allowed to compete in the No. 1 show in Canada. "No, but we could be going to Canada for Survivor," he said.
He suggested it could happen as early as Survivor 11.
This past spring's Survivor: All-Stars was the eighth edition of the reality series. If the current twice-a-year schedule were to continue, Survivor 11 would air in fall 2005.
Burnett is no stranger to our land.
He began his career as TV's top unscripted-series producer in British Columbia, where his first Eco-Challenge series ran.
What's more, several members of his crack Survivor camera team are B.C. natives. He's likely scouting the more rugged regions of that province as a future Survivor base.
Burnett is still reluctant to shoot a winter Survivor -- who wants to see babes such as Amber or Jenna in parkas? -- so Burnett needs to wait until next summer to tape the game in warm weather in Canada.
Burnett, though, already has decided to bring one of his ace shows to Canada. He recently partnered with a Quebec broadcaster to produce a French-language version of The Apprentice.
"We haven't picked our Quebec version of Donald Trump yet," Burnett said, "but we're looking."
For the record, "You're fired!" in French is "Tu es congedie