PBS shows “look at a time and place by putting people in that environment.”

PBS shows “look at a time and place by putting people in that environment.”
PBS’ Manor House, which continues with two more episodes tonight on PBS, exists “to look at a time and place by putting people in that environment to learn about it,” its executive producer tells the AP. Beth Hoppe says they “get a modern drama by looking at how the people cope with it.” Elsewhere, a reviewer calls the show “strangely addictive–a perfect blend of Survivor and Simon Schama, voyeurism and edification,” the Village Voice’s Joy Press writes. In Salon, Heather Havrilesky writes that the series is “a reality show about S/M under the pretense of illustrating life during the Edwardian era,” and argues that “the usual torture-them-until-they-crack strategy is in full effect.”

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.