“reality may not always be as profitable for the TV networks.”

“reality may not always be as profitable for the TV networks.”
As reality TV’s recent ratings and cultural success has become apparent, “Madison Avenue has been taking the format more seriously,” MSNBC reports. However, “reality may not always be as profitable for the TV networks as the ratings imply,” in part because “an unproven reality show doesn’t command the same ad rates as a new drama or comedy.” Plus, advertisers have questions about the ability of networks to sustain current show formats, retain audiences once the show goes off the air, and come up with new show ideas that are appealing to advertisers.
+ also: in the UK, reality TV “has had an invigorating effect on every kind of television.”

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.

about the writer

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.