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.

Survivor San Juan Del Sur's dark cloud is lifted

John Rocker

In its third episode, Survivor San Juan Del Sur improved significantly as John Rocker faced off against an Amazing Race villain. But the Exile Island reward challenge remains a drag on the series.


Why Dick Donato left Big Brother 13

Dick Donato

The Big Brother villain known as "Evel Dick" has finally revealed why he left the show during its 13th season: he learned he was HIV positive.

Also: Dick claims he had no choice but to leave the game.

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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.