NBC not producing show hosted by kidnapping victims called “Survive This!”

NBC not producing show hosted by kidnapping victims called “Survive This!”
What appeared to be a report of a reality TV show hosted by the teenage kidnapping and rape victims is, in fact, satire. “The two girls kidnapped and raped in the Antelope Valley are set to go Hollywood,”the piece’s subtitle read, and it went on to describe a show that “will feature the crime victims introducing a new slate of contestants each week” who would “have 48 hours to find safety at a remote building made to resemble a rural sheriff’s station” while being pursued by “several paroled repeat sex offenders.” The writer told Zap2it.com that the story of the two girls telling their story in the media “begged for this kind of treatment”; he also said about half of the piece’s readers read it as satire, while the other half assumed it was real.

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.

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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.