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How concerned is Mark Burnett about comparisons between his new music series, The Voice, and American Idol or The X Factor? "They are completely different," he says, noting that unlike the formats of those two shows, the judges on his NBC series (premiering April 26) are part of the competition; when contestants sing, the judges hear them without seeing them. Leave it to Burnett, television's most successful producer of reality programming, to come up with a twist on a tried-and-true reality format. "This is the best year I've had in years," he says, pointing to the continued success of CBS's venerable Survivor, now in its 23rd cycle (and prepping for a 24th), NBC's The Apprentice and ABC's Shark Tank (doing much better numbers in its second incarnation), in addition to his producing of the People's Choice Awards and upcoming MTV Video Music Awards. What's left to do? He's got the summer series Expedition Impossible, which he calls "very Indiana Jones with elements of Eco Challenge," and is even contemplating entering the realm of scripted dramas. "I've been thinking about that a lot lately," he says.