Burnett: Reality can work without meanness


Mark Burnett says reality TV shows don’t have to be mean to work.

The veteran producer of “Survivor” and “The Voice” is working on a new CBS show, “The Job,” which premieres on CBS on Feb. 8.

It depicts candidates applying for jobs at several companies, and takes viewers through the whole nerve-racking experience.

“I think I’ve proved in the last few years a kinder approach on television does work,” said Burnett, who was brought on to help at “The Job” by series creator Michael Davies. “The Job” has no intention to humiliate people, producers said.

The first two episodes feature candidates applying for jobs at the Palm restaurant chain and at Cosmopolitan magazine. Future featured companies include Major League Soccer, Epic Records, Live Nation and the online shopping site Gilt.

Five people are competing for jobs in each show. The twist is that after a decision is made, employers in the same industry sometimes swoop in and claim rejected candidates.

Crime-writer Cornwell has courtroom drama


Crime-writer Patricia Cornwell is famous for her books on the life of a fictional medical examiner. Now, she has her own personal drama unfolding in federal court.

Cornwell is suing her former financial- management company and business manager for negligence and breach of contract.

She claims they cost her millions in investment losses and unaccounted for revenues during their 41/2-year relationship.

The Boston trial has opened a window into the life of Cornwell, who sits in the courtroom while her spending habits and wealth are described for the jury.

Cornwell says in her lawsuit that problems caused by Anchin, Block & Anchin LLP and former Anchin principal Evan Snapper were so distractingSFlbthat they caused her to miss a book deadline for the first time in her career.

Lawyers for Anchin and Snapper deny the accusations and say Cornwell was a “demanding” client.

‘Zero Dark Thirty’ is No. 1 at box office


“Zero Dark Thirty” hunted down the top spot at the box office — and easily won it.

Sony Pictures’ controversial Osama bin Laden raid drama nabbed first place with $24 million in its first weekend in wide release, according to studio estimates Sunday.

Open Road Films’ horror parody “A Haunted House” starring Marlon Wayans debuted in second place with a solid $18.8 million.

The Warner Bros. mobster drama “Gangster Squad,” starring Josh Brolin and Ryan Gosling as off-the-books police officers battling a mob boss played by Sean Penn, opened below expectations in third place with $16.7 million.

Rounding out the top five were “Django Unchained” with $11 million, fourth place; and “Les Miserables” with $10.1 million, fifth.

Associated Press

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