owner of Confederate general’s house plans “unscripted drama” about Civil War.

owner of Confederate general’s house plans “unscripted drama” about Civil War.
A man who owns a house that served as headquarters for a Confederate general during a Civil War battle is producing and co-hosting an “unscripted drama” about the war. Sabers and Roses:­ The Civil War Reality Show “immerses professional actors in the lifestyles of Civil War soldiers and sympathizers,” and they compete for points based competitions where “characters compete against each other in a variety of skills that real-life residents of the era might have possessed, such as cannon firing, ballroom dancing, muzzle-loading and 19th century etiquette.” Kevin Dolan has already shot the pilot for the network-less show, which he predicts will eventually “take America by storm.”

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.