NBC looking for Restaurant diners.

NBC looking for Restaurant diners.
NBC is searching for diners to participate in the next season of The Restaurant. At renewal time, it wasn’t clear if the next season would follow Rocco or be set at Rocco’s; the casting call makes it seem like they’re going for Big Brother-esque diner drama, not megalomaniacal owner/chef drama. The breathless casting call says the network wants “fun, lively, and outgoing people who want to dine and share their stories with us,” including people who “are pregnant and want to share the exciting news,” are “trying to reconcile with an Ex and want to work it out,” and are “keeping a secret that [they’d] love to share.”

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.