Richard Hatch appeals his conviction because the judge wouldn’t allow evidence of cheating on the show

Richard Hatch is appealing his conviction for tax fraud, saying “the judge prevented him from raising allegations that there was cheating during filming of the debut season of the CBS reality TV show,” the AP reports.

Earlier, Hatch’s lawyer claimed that Rich caught fellow cast members cheating, and that as a result, producers agreed to pay the taxes on his winnings.

Specifically, the appeal says, “The excluded testimony eviscerated Hatch’s defense that he had reason to believe the taxes had been paid.” As the AP notes, Hatch and his lawyers want “to have all the convictions overturned.”

He was convicted last January and sentences to more than four years in jail.

‘Survivor’ winner says producers cheated, then agreed to pay his taxes [AP]

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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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.