Mark Burnett “didn’t think it was right to show both lesbian kisses at 8 o’clock.”

Mark Burnett “didn’t think it was right to show both lesbian kisses at 8 o’clock.”
Why did we not see Ami kiss her girlfriend Crissy, or Scout kiss her partner Annie, during last week’s Survivor Vanuatu episode? Executive producer Mark Burnett tells Entertainment Weekly that it was his conscious decision to cut those images, a decision that he blames on the election, the FCC, and the show’s time slot. He said,

“I’d be an idiot not to notice both the way the country voted and the backlash from the FCC that came off of Janet Jackson’s [Super Bowl debacle]. I wanted to protect my franchise and didn’t think it was right to show both lesbian kisses at 8 o’clock. I can’t be any more honest than that, can I?”

Clearly, British expatriate Burnett still doesn’t quite understand the United States, as those small-minded prigs he’s worried about offending are perfectly fine with hot lesbian kisses; it’s a male-male kiss that would send them into convulsions, especially if it turned them on.

Surprisingly, man not eaten alive on Eaten Alive

Eaten Alive

Discovery Channel’s happy family holiday special Eaten Alive aired Sunday, rewarding viewers for their two full hours of viewing by ensuring that they spent quality time in the company of others instead of wasting that time doing something else that might not have been as satisfying, such as buying things that have labels which accurately reflect their contents.


Winter 2015 reality TV debut schedule

winter 2015 reality TV schedule

Mark your calendars with all these upcoming reality TV show debuts, including Celebrity Apprentice, The Bachelor, and another season of MasterChef Junior, all of which kick off in early January.

There are also 20+ shows debuting in December--including the one-off return of The Sing Off. No winter break for reality TV.

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