Amazing Race 4 wrapped last month.

Amazing Race 4 wrapped last month.
In a story about network plans in the event of war with Iraq–“two to three days of continuous, commercial-free news coverage” are planned–The Hartford Courant reports that production on The Amazing Race 4 wrapped production last month. (The piece identifies the show incorrectly as TAR3.) CBS’ spokesperson said the show was sensitive to the current world climate (e.g., everyone hates our imperial asses). “The producers are very careful with the course. They don’t want to send contestants into any hotbed of anti-Americanism,” Chris Ender told the paper.
+ also: reality TV and other programming may be dropped for coverage of the war.

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.