Dirk’s testimony released; reveals Mark Burnett suggested an alliance.

Dirk’s testimony released; reveals Mark Burnett suggested an alliance.
Dirk Been’s testimony in Stacey Stillman’s lawsuit against CBS and Mark Burnett was released today. CBS has issued a press release, which says that Dirk voted for Stacey himself, and was not “coerced” or “manipulated.” But it also says that Mark Burnett “suggested that Mr. Been form an alliance to vote against Ms. Stillman and to keep Rudy Boesch on the island.”

+ update: Aaron Barnhart points out the “damning” part of the release at his TVBarn.com site and asks the key question: “Was anyone else similarly influenced by Burnett?” Also, the first news stories are starting to appear; ABCNews.com’s AP story reports the above and adds that Dirk was upset because Mark Burnett told him on the phone last summer that their conversation about Stacey never took place. CBS’ lawyer says all the info “supports the integrity of this show.” CBS News runs an AP story, too, although with a fun headline and spin that proves their journalists to be quite the team players: “Castaway: No Coercion.” If you want to read the raw materials, Peter Lance has them, of course. He posts Dirk’s letter to Mark Burnett, plus a PDF file of Dirk’s entire testimony; links are on the front page of his site, The Stingray.

Surprisingly, man not eaten alive on Eaten Alive

Eaten Alive

Discovery Channel’s happy family holiday special Eaten Alive aired Sunday, rewarding viewers for their two full hours of viewing by ensuring that they spent quality time in the company of others instead of wasting that time doing something else that might not have been as satisfying, such as buying things that have labels which accurately reflect their contents.

Winter 2015 reality TV debut schedule

winter 2015 reality TV schedule

Mark your calendars with all these upcoming reality TV show debuts, including Celebrity Apprentice, The Bachelor, and another season of MasterChef Junior, all of which kick off in early January.

There are also 20+ shows debuting in December--including the one-off return of The Sing Off. No winter break for reality TV.

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