Dan asked producers to eliminate him; was one of NBC’s Lost winners.

Dan asked producers to eliminate him; was one of NBC’s Lost winners.
Straight guy Dan said on a radio show that “[t]here was a lot of fun partying–it was hysterical. I wish you guys could have seen it” but says that because of his friendships, he “walked into the producers office and said, ‘Guys, this is just wrong. I’m not going to do the show any more. I had fun for three days, I appreciate it, but I’m quitting,” the Windy City Times reports. The producers told him they would make sure he was eliminated, and says that’s why “it’s no coincidence that they put me up against two of the finalists, because those were his favorites at that time.” Dan was asked by an NBC exec to be on Bravo’s Boy Meets Boy because he’d won the second season of NBC’s Lost (remember that?). His NBC Lost bio says he once dated Punky Brewster herself, Soleil Moon-Frye.

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.