Restaurant taping over, may return.

Restaurant taping over, may return.
NBC and Mark Burnett’s The Restaurant, which debuts on July 20 at 10 p.m. ET, concluded taping last Saturday, although NBC might decide to bring the cameras back, presumably if the show is a success. Before the cameras disappeared, Time’s James Poniewozik visited, and found that “the surveillance is near total: in addition to five camera crews weaving around the wait staff, there are cameras on the ceiling, over the bar and behind two-way mirrors.” Some patrons applied and became cast members as they ate; Burnett says of those patrons and the staff, many of whom were actors, “This cast would do great on Survivor, as far as dramatic television.”
+ also: chef and owner Rocco DiSpirito: “The fact that the restaurant opening is being shot is a good thing. Or it could be the biggest mistake of my life.”

The Sing-Off loses its star

Ben Folds

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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.