gay Young and the Restless star auditioned for Big Brother 3.

gay Young and the Restless star auditioned for Big Brother 3.
Thom Bierdz, who played Phillip Foster Chancellor III from 1986 to 1989 on The Young and the Restless, auditioned for Big Brother 3, wanting to become the show’s gay male cast member because he was “ready to come out publicly.” On his web site, he writes, “Didn’t the show need a masculine gay guy on it for a change?–which would portray gays in a better light than weak and over-sensitive Bunky of last season?” He wasn’t cast, however; in his essay, he recounts his audition and talks about why he might not have been selected.

The Sing-Off loses its star

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A film director talks about becoming a reality TV character

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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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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.