some of Making the Band 2’s New York neighbors are unhappy.

some of Making the Band 2’s New York neighbors are unhappy.
Some residents who live on the same block as house being used for the second season of Making the Band 2 are upset with the production, with one neighbor circulating a petition that demands MTV’s departure. The president of the neighborhood association, which accepted a donation from MTV, tells The Villager, “I think this P. Diddy Combs has gotten such extremely bad publicity that everybody is emotionally up in knots…They’re not thinking clearly.” Other neighbors have no complaints and say the house has been quiet. In an unrelated incident, a puppy died after falling from the house’s roof.

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.