bars now separate winning and losing UK Big Brother housemates.

bars now separate winning and losing UK Big Brother housemates.
A challenge determined which side of the house the UK’s Big Brother 3 housemates would live on. The five losers came out of seclusion after the challenge to find that they were on the primitive side of the house, with no money and only “basic furniture, an outside wood stove on which to cook and an outside toilet and shower, the BBC reports.” On the other side of the bars are, according to the BBC, “comfy sofas, the better bedroom, the pool, a £400 housekeeping allowance and hot water in the morning and evenings.”

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.