Canada’s U8TV looking for eight new non-“hip and trendy” “Lofters.”

Canada’s U8TV looking for eight new non-“hip and trendy” “Lofters.”
Canada’s U8TV, a year-long reality TV project that finds eight 20-somethigns living in a loft and hosting shows on TV and the web, is looking for new cast members. Those selected get $30,000–and their lives broadcast 24/7 over the web. What kind of person do you have to be to get on the show? U8TV’s president tells The Globe and Mail that last year’s group was “too urbane, too uniformly hip and trendy.” There’s an open casting call today in Toronto, and auditions next week in Vancouver and Calgary.

The Sing-Off loses its star

Ben Folds

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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.

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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.