producers say there will be a Joe Schmo sequel; audience grew by 61 percent.

producers say there will be a Joe Schmo sequel; audience grew by 61 percent.
Since the premiere of Spike TV’s The Joe Schmo Show “has grown 61% since the premiere in September, and talks about a second season are underway,” the New York Daily News reports. Producers are looking for a way to create a sequel; “We will find another Joe Schmo,” cocreator Paul Wernick says. How’d they find even one guy so willing to be manipulated? Not through auditions which attract every media whore on both sides of the Mississippi. Instead, producers “went into the field to find people not searching for the exposure.” That gave the show “the most real reality show contestant that anyone has ever seen on a reality show,” Wernick says. The eighth of 10 episodes airs tonight at 9 p.m. ET.

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.