casting has become difficult because of “serial contestants,” other factors.

casting has become difficult because of “serial contestants,” other factors.
Casting reality TV shows is much more difficult now, The New York Times reports, in part because “oversaturation [has led to] an applicant pool that is representative only of itself, one filled with ‘serial contestants’ who audition for everything.” The paper also says potential cast members “have grown both wary and wise, forcing the shows to be more resourceful in attracting contestants.” One example: The casting director for Temptation Island 3, Michael Shevloff, is looking for cast members not in bars but through people’s places of work.

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.