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  1. '500 Questions' Producer Mike Darnell Talks Casting for Reality Shows

    5:00 am 6/19/2016

    "There's a difference between a host and a judge, and someone on a reality show."Read more

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  2. '500 Questions' Producer Mike Darnell Talks Casting for Reality Shows

    4:30 am 6/13/2016

    "There's a difference between and host, and a judge, and someone on a reality show."Read more

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  3. Reality TV Roundtable: Mark Cuban, LL Cool J and More Reveal Contestant Psych Tests, Talk Kids' Shows and Trash Trump

    5:50 pm 6/9/2016

    Six top unscripted players — also including Mike Darnell, Jane Lynch, Guy Fieri and Nick Cannon — unleash on lazy reboots, what scares them most about making these shows (hint: A-list celebrities) and the rise of reality TV star turned presidential candidate Donald Trump: "It's the thing where people feel like, 'He's just like me, I know him, I've seen him on TV, he speaks my language.'"Read more

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  4. NBC's 'Little Big Shots' Renewed for Second Season

    7:51 pm 3/14/2016

    The Ellen DeGeneres-produced game show has scored an early pickup after airing only two episodes.Read more

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  5. New Wave of Game Shows Hit TV as Reality Looks to the Post-'Idol' Landscape

    5:00 am 5/20/2015

    Summer tests a crop of competition shows, starting with Mike Darnell and Mark Burnett collaboration '500 Questions.'Read more

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  6. Reality Power: The Declining Clout of the Broadcast Unscripted Chief

    9:00 am 3/26/2015

    Big gambles (and big failures) have led to more turnover in the executive ranks, leaving posts vacant for months on end: "It isn't a thankless job; it's a tough job. … You've really got to knock it out of the park every single time."Read more

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  7. Mark Burnett and Mike Darnell Partnering on ABC Game Show '500 Questions'

    11:00 am 9/18/2014

    Billed as an "event," the project gets a direct-to-series orderRead more

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  8. Fox Reality Chief Simon Andreae on 'Utopia' Experiment, Fixing 'Idol' and His New Network Bosses

    11:00 am 8/28/2014

    The man who launched 'Naked and Afraid' talks about the Fox exec shuffle, the challenges of live TV and Gary Newman and Dana Walden's casting input on his first big showRead more

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  9. Best of 2013: The Top 10 TV Stories of the Year That Was

    12:00 pm 12/31/2013

    "Glee" loses its quarterback, "Breaking Bad" says farewell, "The Walking Dead" leads cable's charge, NBC sings, "Scandal" skyrockets and more.Read more

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  10. Reality Producers 5x5 Media Exit Electus for Warner Horizon Television (Exclusive)

    12:53 pm 12/4/2013

    New Warner reality topper Mike Darnell makes his first overall deal with the company behind "King of the Nerds."Read more

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