more than 5,000 people applied for somewhat changed Big Brother 3.

more than 5,000 people applied for somewhat changed Big Brother 3.
CBS received about 1,500 more applications for Big Brother 3 than it did for the last season, Entertainment Weekly reports. The magazine also says that producer Arnold Shapiro plans changes to the show, including a house “makeover, background checks [that] will be more thorough, and … a better policy on informing the shut-ins about major world-news events.” He also says that they’re planning “some twists that will make the houseguests rethink their preconceived strategies.”

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.