Mole’s Jim running for NJ state senate.

Mole’s Jim running for NJ state senate.
Along with other reality TV contestants who are now seeking public office (including The Real World Boston‘s Sean Duffy and Big Brother‘s Will Mega is The Mole‘s Jim Morrison, who is running for New Jersey state senate. Besides running a t-shirt company with his boyfriend, Jim is also a partner in a law firm and a helicopter pilot, which is how he was identified on the show. He faces opposition from an incumbent who’s been in office since 1991–and from some in his own party. After learning about his “prettiest penis” contest wins in the mid ’90s, the state Democratic party chair asked him to step down. He said no, and tells The Advocate, “If the [penis] contest was meant to embarrass me, the opposite occurred, because it’s given me a platform to be totally honest. Because if I’m totally honest, how much can they ask me about it? Then we just move on, and I get to talk about every other issue that I want to talk about.”

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.

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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.