ABC says Jailbreak and The Runner are still “in active development.”

ABC says Jailbreak and The Runner are still “in active development.”
Despite a magazine story to the contrary, Jailbreak is still on ABC’s reality TV docket and The Runner is in the works, a spokesperson for ABC told Reality Blurred today. “Both Jail Break and The Runner are in active development. At this time we do not have an airdate for either show,” Suzanne Gordon said in an e.mail message.

Last Monday, reality blurred reported on an [ INSIDE ] magazine story by Stephen Battaglio that said the shows were dead and delayed, respectively: “The dead list includes ABC’s show about journalists putting out an online magazine (what could be more exciting?), as well as Jailbreak.” Later, it says, “…Fox’s Wanted and The Runner, from producers Ben Affleck and Matt Damon–have been delayed due to safety concerns.”

The Sing-Off loses its star

Ben Folds

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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.

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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.