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.”

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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