Mark Burnett says he wasn’t “thrilled” about Richard’s unexpected nudity.

Mark Burnett says he wasn’t “thrilled” about Richard’s unexpected nudity.
Mark Burnett tells the AP that Richard Hatch’s naked ass on Survivor All-Stars wasn’t planned or amusing: “How could I be thrilled to look at that every day? I wasn’t thrilled.” He also lies, I mean, says, “Didn’t hope, didn’t care. You know, but it happened. I don’t have expectations. I just know, this game of social psychology makes itself.” Of course, if that were true, the editing bay wouldn’t be overusing the blurry spot. Burnett, master of metaphors, compares his role in the show to that of a chef: “It’s like a cake. You put the ingredients. You put it in the oven, turn it to 350 or whatever and it cooks.” Richard, by the way, is being sought by a Michigan town for being “in violation of the township’s blight law,” according to the Herald-Palladium. That’s not for baring his nipples during the family hour, but because there’s a burned-out house on property he owns there.

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.