Monica leaves; Sheryl has breast cancer.

Monica leaves; Sheryl has breast cancer.
Last night’s one-hour Big Brother 2 (the second episode that was scheduled to air is viewable online) was preceeded by a brief segment showing the house guests being informed about the events of last Tuesday. The regular episode found Monica being evicted by–and chewing out–a teary head of household Nicole. It also looked at what has happened to evicted house guests since they left; during that segment, Sheryl revealed that she discovered she had breast cancer shortly after leaving the house.
+ plus: averaging 8.3 million viewers, the show was “a quiet hit,” even with “uncertainty and finger-pointing.”

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.