now in its first season, ESPN’s Beg, Borrow & Deal is casting for season two.

now in its first season, ESPN’s Beg, Borrow & Deal is casting for season two.
A few weeks ago (oops!) ESPN debuted Beg, Borrow & Deal, a show that’s sort of like Lost or The Amazing Race, except it takes place in the US and involves sports. Two teams of four “were dropped off in Times Square New York City without any money, credit cards or any other resources” and they have to “complete 10 tasks from a list of 40 and get to Al Capone’s cell on Alcatraz Island.” The tasks are sports-related–for example, “be a cheerleader for an NBA team during a regulation NBA game” or “work in the pit crew of a NASCAR team during a NASCAR race”–and the teams have to abide by certain rules governing their begging, borrowing, and dealing. The winners get tickets to four championship sporting events next year. ESPN is currently looking for contestants for a second season of the show.

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.