Real World/Road Rules Challenge debuts tonight.

Real World/Road Rules Challenge debuts tonight.
MTV’s latest The Real World/Road Rules Challenge, called Battle of the Seasons, debuts tonight at 10 p.m. ET, and features two members of every single The Real World and Road Rules cast in single-sex, two-person teams competing for $300,000. All seasons are represented on the teams except for The Real World San Francisco and Hawaii, and the first and fourth Road Rules seasons. The show includes an interactive online game that allows you to build a team of eight players you can trade (up to six trades for the season) and earn points every time your team members cry, fight, get naked, hook up, mentions a previous season of a show, and more. The online game’s winner gets a 2002 Saturn SC2; there are also other prizes.
+ also: a marathon of last year’s Challenge airs today from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. ET.

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.