MTV calls faked Hills scene “a pickup shot”

Photos of The Hills producers and cast members faking a scene at LAX released Wednesday were not evidence that the series is fiction, according to MTV.

“It was a pickup shot that in no way affected the storyline,” an MTV spokesperson told the New York Post. Of course, actual unscripted shows don’t ask their casts to act, but the spokesperson suggested this was common practice: “This is no different from any other reality show.”

She said that Heidi’s “last-minute trip” actually occurred last month, the weekend of Sept. 28, and the producers “put the trip into context” by having Heidi and Spencer recreate the airport scenes last Friday.

Surprise: ‘Hills’ Faked [New York Post]

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.

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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.