The Runner had “a host…of problems.”

The Runner had “a host…of problems.”
In its Nov. 2 issue, Entertainment Weekly reports that The Runner had bigger problems than “the current entertainment environment,” which is what network officials cited when they pulled the show. According to the magazine, there were “a host of other problems, including budget overruns.” Plus, the logistics of the game–for example, how the runner would be protected–never became clear. In a related story, EW examines the reality TV ratings downturn, and finds “overstaturation” and “poor scheduling” to be partly to blame. The report also points out that despite its lower-than-expected ratings, The Amazing Race “posts better demographics than the movies CBS aired in its Wednesday time slot last year.”

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.