Richard Hatch arraigned, released, but will be tested for drug and alcohol use.

Richard Hatch arraigned, released, but will be tested for drug and alcohol use.
Richard Hatch was arraigned Tuesday “on two counts of filing false income tax returns,” didn’t enter a plea, and was released on a $50,000 bond, according to the Providence Journal, so there was little news there. However, the story about his arraignment does include some curious information: The judge “found that he was not a flight risk, given his strong ties to the state, which include his teenage son,” but he “did order Hatch to surrender his passport, and he prohibited him from leaving Rhode Island without the court’s permission” and, and here’s the interesting part, “restricted Hatch from excessive use of alcohol and said he would have to undergo periodic substance-abuse testing.” Is this standard procedure for tax evaders and/or nitwit reality show contestants who “forget” to report the money that 51 million people watched him receive? Or is there some information we’re missing here?

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.