Big Brother Africa “is the talk of the continent”; some say it’s “done more to unite them than independence.”

Big Brother Africa “is the talk of the continent”; some say it’s “done more to unite them than independence.”
Big Brother Africa is such a phenomenon that “[s]ome viewers say it has done more to unite them than independence, the Cold War or the pan-African movement,” A Washington Post foreign correspondent reports. The show “is the talk of the continent” where TV shows are usually imported from overseas: A “love affair has schoolchildren discussing the issue”–along with safe sex and HIV–and people call newspaper offices for show updates.
+ also: in Uganda, “Bush is just a temporary interruption in the talk about Big Brother.”

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.