show will end with a climb of Mt. Everest; cast announced today.

show will end with a climb of Mt. Everest; cast announced today.
The Outdoor Life Network will announce today the 50 finalists who will compete to be one of five finalists who will climb Mt. Everest at the conclusion of Global Extremes: Mt. Everest – 4Runners of Adventure, a reality TV show with a super-long title. On the show, 50 competitors will be narrowed to 12, who will “have to take part in a series of challenges in difficult terrain as diverse as Africa’s Kalahari Desert, in the wilderness in Borneo and in the mountains of Iceland before heading for the Himalayas,” the BBC reports. The show will air next year.
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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.