protests may be ignored during season, which could extend past 26 episodes.

protests may be ignored during season, which could extend past 26 episodes.
The Real World Chicago’s producer “hints strongly” that the protests that haunted the production over the summer will be completely ignored on the air, telling The Chicago Sun-Times that “it didn’t really affect the cast and it didn’t affect the production.” Uh, right. The newspaper also reports that there was so much going on this season, taping was stopped two weeks early, and yet there still may be material for more than the standard 26 episodes. The season starts with a “preview” episode–not a casting special–next Tuesday.

+ also: reports that MTV did not pick up the casting special from Bunim-Murray this time, hence the reason the cast’s identities were released so early. The site also located cast member Chris Beckman’s new web site, which features a gallery of his art–and space for advertisers to buy ads.

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.