Gauntlet Challenge begins tonight.

Gauntlet Challenge begins tonight.
MTV and Bunim Murray are churning out seasons of The Real World/Road Rules Challenge faster than Puck can blow a snot rocket into some peanut butter. The next one, officially titled The Gauntlet, debuts tonight at 10 p.m. ET. The title is also the name of this season’s twist, which will find the members of each team that are voted out each week participating in “a Gladiator-like competition that will put the loser into permanent exile.” That exile probably doesn’t include the next Challenge, however; the Real World and Road Rules teams include plenty of people who’ve been on a Challenge in the past. Jonny Moseley sells out and hosts once again.

The Sing-Off loses its star

Ben Folds

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A film director talks about becoming a reality TV character

Anna Martemucci

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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.