Under One Roof moms respond to criticism about the show and their kids.

Under One Roof moms respond to criticism about the show and their kids.
Two of the mothers from Under One Roof have responded to an opinion piece in which the pseudonymed author wrote, “I found myself highly disturbed at the parent/child relationships I saw in most cases,” and asked, “is a house worth putting ones [sic] children through this?” Lyn Distel says her “kids had the choice whether to go or not” and says they “did not suffer any irreversible psychological damage as a result of participating in the show.” Michelle Hatmaker writes that “the experience … was a wonderful gift from UPN/Endemol” and says it “was a beautiful escape from a year of extreme sadness, grief, and stress” for her family.

The Sing-Off loses its star

Ben Folds

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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.

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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.