Survivor, American High, Bands on the Run, Road Rules get Emmy nods.

Survivor, American High, Bands on the Run, Road Rules get Emmy nods.
The Emmy nominations were announced this morning, and four true (at least, by my definition) reality TV shows were nominated. The new categories seem odd, at best, especially when looking at the other shows that American High is up against; could they be more different? (And how Road Rules got nominated but shows like The Mole did not is baffling.) Anyway, the nominees:

non-fiction program–reality

  • American High (FOX)
  • The Awful Truth with Michael Moore (Bravo)
  • The E! True Hollywood Story (E!)
  • Taxicab Confessions (HBO)
  • Trauma Life in the ER (TLC)

non-fiction program–special class

  • Bands on the Run (VH1)
  • Eco-Challenge Borneo (USA)
  • Junkyard Wars (TLC)
  • Road Rules Maximum Velocity Tour (MTV)
  • Survivor (CBS)

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.