reality TV stars are everywhere.

reality TV stars are everywhere.
Turn on the TV this summer and you’re likely to see a reality TV alum–even if you’re not watching a reality TV show. Kelly from The Real World New Orleans popped up on Bands on the Run last Sunday, and Temptation Island‘s Mandy Lauderdale has (and may continue to) help co-host MTV’s TRL from the Keys. Also on MTV, The Real World Hawaii‘s Teck is hosting Say What? Karaoke. This August, Susan Hawk and Jeff Varner will appear on USA’s Cannonball Run, joined midway through the race by Temptation Island‘s Kaya; the New York Daily News reports that the show’s producer asks, “Who better to put in it than people who’ve already been through a reality-show competition?”

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.