producer: Manhunt was rigged.

producer: Manhunt was rigged.
Turning his investigative eye away from that other show and toward UPN’s Manhunt, Peter Lance reports that after Manhunt was filmed, UPN and Paramount “felt that there wasn’t enough conflict among the contestants” and so they asked the producer to “fake entire segments of the game, create phony story lines and mis-state the game rules.” Lance’s source? Bob Jaffe, one of the show’s producers, who refused and was replaced by a producer who later reshot parts of the series in LA (which were edited into the real footage). On his web site, Lance publishes damning evidence, including script pages and call sheets for the re-shoot. Among other charges, Jaffe alleges that both the president of Paramount Network Television and the chairman of Paramount TV intervened during the first taping, asking him to effectively manipulate the winner, which he refused.

Survivor San Juan Del Sur's dark cloud is lifted

John Rocker

In its third episode, Survivor San Juan Del Sur improved significantly as John Rocker faced off against an Amazing Race villain. But the Exile Island reward challenge remains a drag on the series.


Why Dick Donato left Big Brother 13

Dick Donato

The Big Brother villain known as "Evel Dick" has finally revealed why he left the show during its 13th season: he learned he was HIV positive.

Also: Dick claims he had no choice but to leave the game.

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Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.