3,000 jam mall to see O-Town.

3,000 jam mall to see O-Town.
Their weekly reality TV show may be over for this season, but the band from Making the Band certainly is not. Some 3,000 people (not just girls; I was there, and unlike what the sexist Sun-Times reporter writes, the crowd was pretty mixed) packed a suburban Chicago mall Saturday to hear O-Town perform two songs. Dan appeared to be the crowd’s favorite, especially since he periodically ran to the front of the stage and lifted up his shirt, making the screams increase tenfold.

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.