In Depth

Mark Burnett Does 'This Is Your Life'

Mark Burnett is looking to breathe new life into "This Is Your Life."

The powerhouse producer has signed a deal with Ralph Edwards Productions to develop an updated version of the classic show, in which people are surprised by unexpected reunions with key figures from their past. Launched as a radio program in 1948, "This Is Your Life" first aired on TV from 1952 until 1961.

"As a franchise with broad appeal for viewers of all generations, 'This Is Your Life' is a perfect fit for our company," Mr, Burnett, president of Mark Burnett Productions, said in a statement.

Barbara Dunn-Leonard, president of Ralph Edwards Productions, called the show one of "the most enduring programs to air on television."

"There is no better partner to carry on the legacy of 'This Is Your Life' and introduce the program to a new generation of fans," Ms. Dunn-Leonard said.

Mr. Burnett's involvement comes about three years after Fox TV Studios attempted to bring back the format. The studio set up a revival of the franchise at ABC, signing Regis Philbin to host and landing a six-episode commitment. ABC ultimately didn't move forward with the show, however.

The new incarnation is not currently set up at a network.

The William Morris Agency brokered the deal between Mr. Burnett and Ralph Edwards Productions.

(Editor: Baumann)