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.

The Sing-Off loses its star

Ben Folds

NBC's super-fun December a capella singing competition The Sing-Off is returning, but without its star judge, Ben Folds, and only as a two-hour special. Those are really depressing changes for a series that proved itself to be a super-fun show when it returned last December.


A film director talks about becoming a reality TV character

Anna Martemucci

What is it like to have your life turned into reality TV? Director Anna Martemucci, one of the two directors featured on Starz' exceptional reality series, talks about that, the competition, and her collaboration with her husband and brother-in-law.

Plus: How the show's producers tried to keep the $250,000 competition fair.

about the writer

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.