Burnett: “There is no dubbing outside the boardroom. It’s your imagination.”

Burnett: “There is no dubbing outside the boardroom. It’s your imagination.”
Mark Burnett talks to TV Guide and categorically denies that Donald Trump redubbs lines for The Apprentice 2 boardroom sequences. “There is no dubbing outside the boardroom. It’s your imagination.” He admits that “there’s editing. … So it’s possible that there’s a change in his inflection and that’s what you’re noticing.” Not that we buy it, but Burnett further damages his credibility by saying that he’d never edit out something like Jenn C.’s “old, fat Jewish ladies” comment, “because then it no longer becomes art. It becomes a sanitized form of art. Next, we start burning books.” Of course, this is the guy who admits that he edited out a same-sex kiss from Survivor Vanuatu because of the results of the election and fear of the FCC. Maybe “sanitized” and “burning books” mean something different in British English. Finally, about this seasons’ ratings, he spins it masterfully, seriously arguing that “ratings aren’t actually down, they’re just settling.” Responding to critics, he says, “All of these expert opinions, if only they could come up with their own fucking show. If they could get half my ratings they’d be doing OK.”

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.