Quiksilver/Roxy, MTV plan summer series that will follow surfing girls.

Quiksilver/Roxy, MTV plan summer series that will follow surfing girls.
The number of surfing-related reality TV shows set to debut this summer has now reached two. The WB is planning North Shore, and now MTV is producing a series called Surf Girls that will follow “eight amateur female long or shortboard surfers between the ages of 18-24,” according to a casting call. The series will follow girls as they compete in surfing contests, and is being sponsored by Quiksilver’s Roxy clothing line. Although their products will be heavily featured in the show and although the company will release a related book series in May when the show debuts, they’ve paid nothing to be included, and the series will “include competitors’ clothing brand,” according to the Wall Street Journal. Company executives “didn’t [want to] sell out the surf community.”

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.