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.”

Review: Married at First Sight

Marriage At First Sight

In an era of Tinder and Grindr, instant acceptance or dismissal of a potential partner, or instant sex with another body, Married at First Sight offers the thrill of watching strangers deal with the very basics of relationships.

Beyond the headline-grabbing premise, the series has turned out to be a stripped-down, authentic exploration of something very interesting. Read the full review.

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.