O-Town officially disbands.

O-Town officially disbands.
Slightly more than two months after going on “hiatus,” Making the Band group O-Town announced that they have officially broken up. O-no! In a message posted on insideotown.com, the group writes: “we had to sign several contracts that were not in our best interests. We wanted you to know that our decision not to continue forward as O-TOWN was mutual and we all still remain best friends … that will never change.” At least the boys aren’t leaving us high and dry with our liquid dreams; they’re all pursuing individual projects that will surely touch our lives. Jacob and his dreds “recently served as an honorary fire fighter to protect his neighborhood from the California fires,” Dan is “writing and producing” in Orlando, Trevor is “auditioning for both film and television,” Ashley is working on a solo album, and Erik-Michael “is all over the country on any given day.”

The Sing-Off loses its star

Ben Folds

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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.