ABC to search for hotties.

ABC to search for hotties.
A month after announcing a show from The Bachelor producer Mike Fleiss that will find family members competing for inheritance, ABC says it will produce Are You Hot?, a six-episode series that will search for the hottest man and woman in America using an American Idol-style contest. Viewers and judges will help select the sexiest two people in America, and the show “will wallow in exploiting (and deflating) the egos and aspirations of those who think they’re too sexy for this competition,” Variety reports. Casting for sexy hot people and non-self-aware masochists begins today at 6 p.m. ET; call 866.825.1870 for information about open casting calls and mail-in applications.

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.