are these things on?

are these things on?
Some of Big Brother 2‘s house guests are either not aware of or are unconcerned by the 24/7 surveillance of their activities by both producers and the “Internet nerds” (as Chill Town calls online watchers), judging by the way they reveal too much personal information and expose their hypocrisy. Recently, Will told the world that he owns two domain names, futurefather.com and futurefiance.com. Futurefiance.com, which is inactive, is registered to a William Kirby in Miami, and the publicly available registration data reveals his address and phone number. Additionally, apparently unaware of slander laws, Shannon has referred to Hardy as a future rapist and child molester; producer Arnold Shapiro warned her about the possible consequences of that. Mike and Shannon have also discussed referring to Hardy as gay and spreading other untrue rumors. Earlier, Shannon’s scrubbing of the toilet with Hardy’s toothbrush was caught by producers, but she didn’t reveal the truth to Hardy; later, online viewers sent an aerial banner to the house telling him what happened. Shannon has also pretended to be outraged by an outburst Hardy told the house guests about–even though she once killed a man in a car crash.

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.