Surreal Life 2 may be extended past six episodes; many celebs wanted in.

Surreal Life 2 may be extended past six episodes; many celebs wanted in.
Six celebrities are currently in the Hollywood Hills taping day four of eleven of The Surreal Life 2, which will air for six episodes on The WB sometime midseason. But E! Online reports “that number [of episodes] may grow, depending on how well the B-listers perform for the network.” This year, the seven-member cast has been reduced to six to allow a seventh “celeb” to join the cast every episode. Celebrities were apparently begging to be cast, which may explain the revolving celeb spot. The six permanent cast members are Traci Bingham, Trishelle Canatella, Erik Estrada, Vanilla Ice, Ron Jeremy, and Tammy Faye Messner.

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.