last week in reality TV.

last week in reality TV.
Here’s a brief review of major and minor things that happened in the world of reality TV, while this site was on hiatus: The cast of Survivor Thailand was announced, and commercials for the show suggest the group will be immediately broken into two tribes based on sex. The show debuts Sept. 19. … The second season of The Osbournes will feature a new cast member. Sharon and Ozzy adopted 18-year-old Robert Marcato after his mother died two weeks ago of colon cancer–which Sharon is currently being treated for. … On Big Brother 3, a new twist allowed Amy, one of the four evicted house guests, to re-enter the house; she promptly won head of household. This Wednesday, a special two-hour live show at 9 p.m. ET will feature Sheryl Crow, who will enter the house and perform three songs. … FOX will produce six global versions of Temptation Island, starting with a Spanish-language version for Telemundo. … Long before the third season begins, CBS is already casting for The Amazing Race 4. … The Real World San Francisco cast member and cartoonist Judd Winick is responsible for creating the gay character in the Green Lantern comic book series; last week it was revealed the character will be the victim of a hate crime in an upcoming issue.

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.