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]

Frankie leads Big Brother's parade of delusion

Frankie on Big Brother

Heading into the finale, the delusion continues, with a re-appearance by evicted Frankie.

Related: The unwatchable cast of Fox's Utopia keeps yelling and screaming.


Shark Tank is getting a spin-off

Shark Tank

Companies that get deals on the show will be followed for this new spin-off.

Also: Before the show began, Shark Barbara Corcoran was cast and then replaced--but then she sent this amazing e-mail and won the job.

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