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COPS creator on Survivor; RHOM and Bieber, RHOA arrest; Xbox reality TV; Mitt Romney on Netflix

  • State and federal officials will investigate Animal Planet’s Call of the Wildman, which was revealed to be staging scenes with planted animals, some of which were drugged or even killed as a result.
  • Xbox Entertainment Studios now has an unscripted programming executive, Ari Mark, who comes from AMC, where he developed The Pitch and Comic Book Men, in addition to The Talking Dead. In December, the company said it would air a documentary series produced by Simon Chinn and Jonathan Chinn’s Lightbox that will be about Atari burying millions of game cartridges in New Mexico; it will also air a series about soccer.
  • COPS creator John Langley, whose show moved to Spike after 25 years on Fox, talks about the state of reality TV (‘”reality TV’ has become managed reality TV or recreated reality TV. There’s very little actual reality TV on the air now. Cops is a documentary in network TV format. That’s what my claim to fame is: I popularized the documentary form again. It’s about what you see is what you get.”) and also says, “I like a lot of Mark Burnett’s stuff. It’s not what I do, but I still admire it. I thought Survivor was a breakthrough show and I like a lot of his programs. They’re very good.”
  • Harry Connick, Jr. turned NBC down when it offered him a position as judge on America’s Got Talent.
  • The Real Housewives of Atlanta cast member Phaedra Parks’ husband, Apollo Nida, was charged with bank fraud and identity theft by federal authorities.
  • The attorney representing Justin Bieber after his DUI arrest was Real Housewives of Miami cast member Lea Black’s husband, Roy Black.
  • Kris Jenner said that there’s a pact between all the Kardashians that if one wants to quit Keeping up with the Kardashians, all of them will. Alas, that doesn’t seem like it’ll happen any time soon: “‘We made a deal with one another when we shot the first episode that if someone is not having a good time we’ll have to stop, and no one has ever said they’re not having a good time I think we’re having the time of our lives.'”
  • Former Celebrity Apprentice cast member Lou Ferrigno is “not interested” in reality TV about his personal life: “The shows where cameras follow you around, focusing on your personal life, dealing with drugs and stuff like that, I am not interested. Fame comes too easy these days.”
  • MTV Latin America has ordered 13 episodes of Mexico Shore, which is exactly what it sounds like: a version of Jersey Shore, similar to the UK’s Geordie Shore.
  • The producer of HBO’s 24/7 and the new NBC Sports Network/CBC series NHL Revealed talks about using a narrator who’s not Liev Schreiber: “I created a monster. Everything I do without Liev, everyone compares it to Liev.”
  • On Friday, Netflix released Mitt, an original documentary about Mitt Romney and his bid for the presidency. Its behind-the-scenes look at both the campaign and the man offer what Time’s James Poniewozik calls “a quiet, empathetic picture from the perspective of Romney and his family of what it’s like for a human being to experience the glare of a modern media campaign and to offer himself up for rejection, twice.” As the trailer below shows, director Greg Whiteley’s access shows a lot more than cable news networks could ever reveal:
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