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Burnett: No HD Upgrade for ‘Survivor’

July 19, 2007 4:07 PM

Despite online rumors to the contrary, CBS veteran reality staples “Survivor” and “The Amazing Race” will not receive high-definition upgrades any time soon.

The fall and spring editions of “Survivor,” and the spring edition of “The Amazing Race,” will continue to be shot in standard definition. The ongoing HD delay has frustrated fans of the travelogue reality shows. CBS says the lack of durability of HD cameras was the key issue, while “Survivor” executive producer Mark Burnett says the cost of upgrading the production was the biggest hurdle.

“If CBS wants me to do it, I’ll say yes,” Burnett says.

A CBS spokesman says their positions aren’t entirely at odds—the lack of camera durability drives up the cost of having to replace cameras should they fail.

On another topic, when a reporter confesses he’s a fan of “Pirate Master,” Burnett looks pained. “I tried,” he says of the foundering summer reality show. “I don’t understand why it’s not working. All I can do is deliver high-quality shows.”

As far as the hot-button issue of the day, “Kid Nation,” Burnett expressed incredulity that parents were not present during the “Nation” shoot.

“They have to be there, it’s the law,” he says.


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