satire: Real World needs to fill “eating-disorder slot”; FOX plans Mind Fuck 2.

satire: Real World needs to fill “eating-disorder slot”; FOX plans Mind Fuck 2.
The Onion tackles reality TV in its latest issue with an infographic listing some of FOX’s “new [reality TV] shows.” On their satirical list: Chained to the Leg of Cloris Leachman, Slaughterhouse Live, and Mind Fuck 2: Celebrity Mind Fuck. In the paper’s current News in Brief section, it satirizes The Real World‘s casting, reporting that “the eating-disorder slot for the cast of Real World 13: Paris remains unfilled. ‘We’re still trying to find a hot young bulimic or anorexic, ideally with bisexual leanings,’ [executive producer Jon] Murray said. ‘We found a woman who was perfect, except she was Asian, and we already had our non-black minority slot filled.’ Murray said that as a last resort, he has a perky blonde sexual-abuse victim ready to go.”

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.