Murder Game “a radical reworking of…Murder in Small Town X.”

Murder Game “a radical reworking of…Murder in Small Town X.”
In late 2001 the BBC purchased the rights to FOX’s Murder in Small Town X format, which is set to debut soon. But it represents “a radical reworking of the Murder in Small Town X format,” a BBC spokesperson tells MediaGuardian. “In the US they put a much bigger emphasis on the dramatic side and the relationships between the investigators. We’ve gone much bigger on the investigation.” Still, the format, as developed by former UK Big Brother producer Conrad Green, sounds familiar: over eight episodes “10 contestants must solve a fictional murder and avoid being bumped off themselves to win a £25,000 prize”; they’ll interact with actors as part of the game.

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.