columnist says Fab Five are “useless.”

columnist says Fab Five are “useless.”
Apparently trying to get his country included in the axis of evil, Sydney Morning Herald columnist John Attridge says that all of the Fab Five aren’t “indispensable.” In other words, each Queer Eye for the Straight Guy cast member is “useless,” He says food guy Ted is “potentially the least useless member of the team” and says “that grooming expert Kyan on … has no actual expertise.” He also criticizes the problems that the Fab Five solve, such as “keep[ing] that scabby crust off my lip when I drink red wine.” Dude, scabby crust on your lip is probably something worthy of attention beyond the Fab Five. Get that checked out pronto.
+ also: spoof film follows “Flab Five [who] help reinvent queer guy Tristan, whose b-f wants him to butch up his life.”

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.