Burnett sanitizes 'Casino,' says story arcs will suffer
What happened in Vegas won’t necessarily stay on “The Casino.”
With Washington still keeping a watchful eye on content, Fox has asked reality guru Mark Burnett to make a number of edits to his new Sin City-based docusoap — and while Burnett understands the net’s position, he’s not thrilled.
Web has told Burnett he can’t show some scenes with naked bodies, even if the private parts are blurred out. A storyline involving a whipped cream bikini has been axed, “And I can’t even mention sex in dialogue,” Burnett told Daily Variety.
“It’s hard to tell a story about Sin City without sin,” he said. “The content has been very, very sanitized. Some of the (story) arcs are going to suffer.”
While Burnett and Fox have argued over their competing boxing reality shows, Burnett made it clear he’s not angry at Fox.
“I don’t blame Fox. I blame Janet Jackson,” he said. “It’s the political climate right now. There’s nothing acrimonious between me and Fox on this. I’m just not used to pages and pages of broadcast standards notes.”
Burnett said Canada’s CTV and Oz’s Channel Nine have asked him to restore the blurred nudity and whipped cream bikinis. “I’m going to go in and recut the show for foreign,” he said.
Burnett, who’s had major hits with “Survivor” and “The Apprentice,” said he has more modest expectations for “The Casino,” which premieres Monday. “Anybody who thinks that a non-elimination reality show can have monster ratings is in denial,” he said.