Big Brother 2 cast announced.

Big Brother 2 cast announced.
The cast of Big Brother 2 has been announced, and it includes a 43-year-old interior designer who cites Dr. Laura as her hero, a 28-year-old physician whose favorite TV show is “Boy Meets World,” a 26-year-old bartender whose favorite magazine is Men’s Fitness, and a 40-year-old adult literacy teacher who says her least favorite band is ‘NSync.
+ update: during The Early Show, Julie Chen showed clips of the 12 cast members audition tapes, which demonstrate, she said, the “potential for tension in the house.” Among the highlights: Bunky is gay; Kent says “the gay lifestyle is perverse, is deviant, is not normal”; Justin once told a woman she was “a complete walking disaster”; Will thinks he comes off “cocky” but thinks he’ll have “intellectual superiority” over everyone; Shannon was going to be a flight attendant; and Krista wants to “get naked.”

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.

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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.