CBS will charge for access to Big Brother 2 live video streams; houseguests moved in last Sunday.

CBS will charge for access to Big Brother 2 live video streams; houseguests moved in last Sunday.
In a brilliant move that could quite possibly alienate Big Brother 2‘s primary–and only remaining–audience, CBS is planning to charge for access to the live video streams broadcast over the web. A free trial will last until Sunday, when those who want to watch the live feeds will have to pay for an as-yet-unpriced subscription to watch during the rest of the season.
+ update: The New York Times reported today that the houseguests moved in on Sunday and have thus already been interacting with each other. Also, an executive producer tells the Times that this year the show “is all about story,” so like other reality TV shows, events could be shown out of order to maintain that episode’s story arc.

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.