FOX objects to nature show because of animals’ “graphically sexual movements.”

FOX objects to nature show because of animals’ “graphically sexual movements.”
In a laughable display of hypocrisy, FOX has objected to parts of a documentary from National Geographic, tentatively titled “Wild Sex.” The network’s standards and practices editor says “‘mounting’ or graphically sexual movements would be problematic,” according to a letter obtained by the Washington Post. Cheryl McDowell tells National Geographic that “since this special is for family viewing, this presents some concerns. Let’s discuss.” At FOX, she writes, “we want to make sure that we do not sensationalize or show explicit sexual activity among our four-legged primates.” Apparently, two-legged primates are okay. That, or she was kept in a lock box or other secured location while Joe Millionaire subtitled oral sex and Paradise Hotel became a big drunken orgy between people with intelligence lower than that of most primates.

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.

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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.