Bachelor creator Mike Fleiss “get[s] nervous about all the shows, … ratings.”

Bachelor creator Mike Fleiss “get[s] nervous about all the shows, … ratings.”
Although he’s apparently unaware that we’re currently on the fourth season of The Bachelor (fifth if you include The Bachelorette), creator Mike Fleiss says he “get[s] nervous about all the shows, all the ratings. Even though it’s the third season of ‘The Bachelor,’ I still freak out and can’t sleep at night. I’m a tweaker that way, and I’m always thinking that I’m 15 minutes away from being out of the business.” Today he’s nervous about The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, which he co-produced. He also produced a reality TV movie called The Quest, but after Bunim-Murray’s The Real Cancun bombed at the box office last spring, Fleiss’ film was pulled. He says “our movie is essentially much different. The studio likes our movie.” No release date has been set.

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.