more focus on Mole players; “sellout” Real World cast; Survivor remix.

more focus on Mole players; “sellout” Real World cast; Survivor remix.
The March 17 TV Guide has a bunch of reality TV stories. First, reporting on The Mole, the magazine quotes ABC’s alternative programming chief, who says the next season will include “more time on the players personally and less on the games.” (Why, dammit, why?) In a fairly typical feature titled “Are they for real,” there are a couple of revelations. Most notably, Dan Renzi, most recently of The Real World/Road Rules Extreme Challenge, says the cast was instructed to “ask for the Nokia,” not just for the cell phone. Why? Because that could lead to well-paying commercials, and Dan readily admits they “are such sellouts.” He also says that during the Challenge, an officer who yelled at them during the Navy episode came back sans cameras and apologized, saying said, “They told us to be really mean to you so it looks good on the show.” And finally, if you’ve been wanting to get down to the Survivor theme song in a dance club, now you can. The Ancient Voices Remixes CD is now out.

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.