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.

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.