Shane says Puck “like a big brother,” says Battle of the Sexes cast “got high.”

Shane says Puck “like a big brother,” says Battle of the Sexes cast “got high.”
Road Rules Campus Crawl cast member Shane Landrum says that during the taping of The Real World/Road Rules Battle of the Sexes, Puck became “like a big brother” to Shane, giving him advice about how to deal with his impending fame. Shane also says that because the cast was “under lockdown” and the resort didn’t offer anything to keep them amused, “we just sat around and got high.” He also reveals that Bunim-Murray pays $1,000 for therapy for cast members, and says that appearing on the shows, “You are exploited. That’s what you’re signing up to be. Your life is taken from a different perspective. My sexuality and relationship with my parents was taken from me. They robbed me and left me with nothing.” He’ll be doing another Battle of the Sexes this fall.

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.

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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.