Show Shines Light on Abducted Kids

Mar 29, 2004  •  Post A Comment

Mark Burnett, the producer behind the CBS hit “Survivor” and NBC’s “The Apprentice,” is developing a very different kind of reality show that will chronicle the heart-wrenching searches for kidnapped children.
CBS confirmed that it has ordered the pilot but is not discussing any other details of the unscripted show, which is called “Recovery.” The show will follow a case from after a child’s abduction through the search to the reunion of the child with his or her parents.
Taking the kind of host role that John Walsh has on Fox’s “America’s Most Wanted” will be Bazzel Baz, who goes by the name Baz. He is a former Marine and CIA officer and author of the book “Terrorism Survival Handbook,” first published more than 15 years ago. In recent years, he has turned his attention to helping find lost and missing children.
According to CBS press material, “Through the years, Baz has assembled a task force of ex-military and ex-law-enforcement personnel who work with military precision, sometimes using covert means, toward one goal: to recover abducted children and reunite them with their parents.”
Mr. Baz has some previous television experience. He was a writer and a technical advisor on the CBS drama “The Agency” and was featured on USA’s “Combat Mission,” which is now in syndication.
He is a qualified firearms instructor and reportedly in contact with the international intelligence community.
CBS ordered the hour-long pilot last year. The pilot, which has been shot and is currently being edited, is under consideration for summer or fall programming but has not yet been ordered to series. Mark Burnett Productions is producing, with Mr. Burnett executive producing. Mr. Burnett and his representatives declined to comment.
In addition to “Survivor,” which is still going strong on CBS and is in its eighth seasons, and “The Apprentice,” recently renewed by NBC, Mr. Burnett is part of a group creating the boxing series “The Contender.” He also has an order from NBC for a second edition of “The Restaurant,” which hits the air in April. And he’s producing Las Vegas-based “The Casino” for Fox, which is using the show to kick off its summer programming.
In addition to reality shows, Mr. Burnett has two scripted shows-“Commando Nanny” and “Global Frequency”-in development at The WB and a scripted drama, “Eden,” in development at NBC.