For the first time, the MTV Movie Awards will air live on June 3, and be exec produced by Survivor‘s Mark Burnett. According to reports, he’ll keep the popular movie spoofs and cheeky categories like “Best Kiss,” but aims to add a sense of spontaneity to the telecast, which has been bleeding viewers in recent years.
“Many awards shows would have a heart attack if anything for a minute went slightly out of place, playing someone off if their speech goes too long,” he told the Associated Press. “It’s MTV — they’ll have other stars come and drag them off the stage.” Yep, sounding more spontaneous already! Hey, why not have Burnett’s Apprentice star Donald Trump come on and tell overly talky winners, “You’re fired”? Man, that’d be a hoot!
Now, I love Mark Burnett as much as the next reality TV whore, but I can’thelp feeling that 1) he’s overestimating how candid celebrities arewilling to be at an awards show that doesn’t get them liquored up likethe Golden Globes and 2) though he’s a master at screwing with people,the editing of his shows plays no small part in their success.
What do you think PopWatchers: Can the MTV Movie Awards be saved? And is Burnett the guy who can save them?