Brittany banished.

Brittany banished.
Continuing the trend, the most interesting/slash-controversial/non-boring person was banished from the Big Brother Wednesday; this time, it was once-pink haired Brittany. A campaign by George’s wife and people in Rockford, Ill., to oust Brittany seems to have been successful–that, or they’ll just get the blame for Brittany’s banishment, since, in order to protect George, they organized a free phone bank for people to call in and banish Brittany. (Note to reality TV show producers: Maybe it’s not the best idea in the world to let the public vote people off your island; how long would Rich–and the suspense and interest–have lasted if the public had a say in the voting on that other show?)

The Sing-Off loses its star

Ben Folds

NBC's super-fun December a capella singing competition The Sing-Off is returning, but without its star judge, Ben Folds, and only as a two-hour special. Those are really depressing changes for a series that proved itself to be a super-fun show when it returned last December.


A film director talks about becoming a reality TV character

Anna Martemucci

What is it like to have your life turned into reality TV? Director Anna Martemucci, one of the two directors featured on Starz' exceptional reality series, talks about that, the competition, and her collaboration with her husband and brother-in-law.

Plus: How the show's producers tried to keep the $250,000 competition fair.

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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.