banishment with dignity: Cassandra leaves the house.

banishment with dignity: Cassandra leaves the house.
Getting 46 percent of the (moronic) public’s vote, Cassandra was banished during Wednesday night’s live episode of Big Brother. During her post-banishment interview, Cassandra answered Julie Chen’s questions honestly and articluatly, often coming off as more together than the host herself. The banishement was about all that happened during the show: The walk-out didn’t happen, and given the opportunity to create a banner to fly over the house, the house guests chose the ultra-creative slogan, “Live long and prosper. GAB.”
+ next: The process speeds up: another live show nomination show happens Sat., with another banishment next Wed.
+ plus: The final episode has been moved to Sept. 29, so the last repeat episode of Survivor can follow it.

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.

about the writer

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.