FOX “freaked out” about Casino content.

FOX “freaked out” about Casino content.
After seeing the first episode of The Casino, FOX execs gave Mark Burnett “countless pages of notes asking him to cut any salacious scenes that could potentially land Fox in trouble with government regulators bent on cracking down on indecency over the airwaves,” E! Online reports. Thus, the show was “missing shots of strippers, showgirls and lingerie models, among other provocative scenes.” One scene that was missing: “a frat boy licking whipped cream off a semi-naked girl during a bachelor party,” which executive producer James Bruce said really caused heartache. “We thought it looked like a bikini, but they just freaked out over there,” he says.

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.