Sheryl out; Justin calls his critics “idiot[s]”; jury will vote for winner.

Sheryl out; Justin calls his critics “idiot[s]”; jury will vote for winner.
By a vote of 5 to 3, Sheryl–who head of household Mike nominated in an attempt to force the rest of the housemates to vote for Nicole–was banished from the Big Brother 2 house. The beginning and the end of the show, however, focused on Justin, showing some of his misogynistic and violent behavior and showing what lead up to the knife incident–but not actual moment itself. In an interview with Julie, Justin said, “If there’s anyone that could perceive that as an act of violence or as a threat, then you’re an idiot.” Also, Julie Chen revealed that Sheryl would return at the end as part of a jury to vote for the winner–another element borrowed from Survivor.
+ plus: critic: cancel Big Brother 2 now.
+ and: BB2 could be historic–if it gets cancelled.
+ also: backlash over pay-per-view web feeds.
+ and: why did no one intervene when Justin pulled the knife?

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.