Amazing Race 3 teams revealed.

Amazing Race 3 teams revealed.
CBS has revealed the 12 teams that will participate in The Amazing Race 3, which debuts Oct. 2. The cast includes Aaron and Arianne, best friends, one gay and one straight, who plan to have a child together someday; Gina and Sylvia, stay-at-home moms; Heather and Eve, who have been friends for three years; Derek and Drew, identical twin brothers who model and act; Ken and Gerard, an “odd couple brother team,” who are different from each other in many ways (“married vs. single, conservative vs. liberal, straight vs. gay”); Andre and Damon, a police officer and a firefighter; and Dennis and Andrew, “a conservative Southern Baptist” father and his “liberal, openly gay, college cheerleader” son.

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.

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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.