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Mark Burnett 'Had No Idea' About Russell Hantz 'Survivor' Leak, TLC Launches 'N.Y. Ink' and More

by Jean Bentley, posted Feb 10th 2011 5:30PM
Mark BurnettApparently 'Survivor' honcho Mark Burnett didn't have any idea about the accusations against castaway Russell Hantz until the rest of us saw them.

According to TV Guide, Burnett told reporters on a conference call that he was unaware there was a problem until he read last week's Daily Beast article that alleged Hantz was leaking 'Survivor' spoilers to fan message boards. "I found out the same time you found out. I read it online," Burnett said on a conference call today. "I had no idea about it."

Hantz could face a $5 million penalty if he really is behind the leaks. "I still have not had a conversation with CBS or anyone about it," Burnett said, including 'Survivor' host Jeff Probst.

In other TV news ...

TLC is launching a new tattoo reality series called 'N.Y. Ink.' It'll follow 'Miami Ink' star Ami James as he opens a new shop in Soho. The eight-episode first season will premiere in June. [THR]

AMC has announced the premiere date for its new series, 'The Killing.' The show, about the police investigation of a teenage girl's murder, will air its two-hour first episode on April 3, then move to its regular Sunday at 10PM time slot the following week. [Deadline]

Another cable show has announced a premiere date: 'Treme' comes back to HBO on April 24. The drama, set in post-Katrina New Orleans, welcomes new cast member Jon Seda for season 2. [TV Guide]

Despite so-so reviews, 'Mr. Sunshine' debuted to high ratings on ABC last night. The Matthew Perry comedy was ABC's best new series premiere of the season. [EW]

The History channel is bringing back the U.S. version of 'Top Gear' for another season. The show is based on the popular British series of the same name. [Variety]

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