family will compete against each other for $1 million in ABC’s The Family.

family will compete against each other for $1 million in ABC’s The Family.
ABC will pit 10 family members against each other as they compete for $1 million. The Family debuts March 4 at 10 p.m., and follows a suburban New York family living for a month at a Palm Beach mansion. The nine-episode show offers two twists: Family members who are voted off will remain in the house and on the show, but will not be eligible to win. Also, the family members will be voted out by a secret panel: the home’s servants. The show is produced by Big Brother producers Arnold Shapiro and Allison Grodner.
+ plus: “at least two dozen reality shows [will debut] from June to September.”

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.