what’s up with “the sky”?

what’s up with “the sky”?
The house guests have been referring to “the sky” as a living entity. Wondering what’s up? They’re talking about the many banners being flown over the house by Big Brother watchers–fans and detractors alike. A group at Salon’s Table Talk, Media Jammers, flew the first banner (and a few others). Since that first banner, other groups and individuals have been flying banners regularly. Most groups or individuals call a Calif. aviation company, pay a few hundred bucks, and within hours, their message is being seen by the house guests. One of the groups paying to have banners flown, Banner Bunch, has compiled this list of all the banners flown over the house, from the first (“Big Brother is worse than you think. Get out now”) to the most recent (“Trust the sky…”).

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.