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.

Frankie leads Big Brother's parade of delusion

Frankie on Big Brother

Heading into the finale, the delusion continues, with a re-appearance by evicted Frankie.

Related: The unwatchable cast of Fox's Utopia keeps yelling and screaming.


Shark Tank is getting a spin-off

Shark Tank

Companies that get deals on the show will be followed for this new spin-off.

Also: Before the show began, Shark Barbara Corcoran was cast and then replaced--but then she sent this amazing e-mail and won the job.

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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.