Trista and Ryan will be in the Rose Parade; Jen and Andrew are still friends.

Trista and Ryan will be in the Rose Parade; Jen and Andrew are still friends.
Because they never learned the word “overexposure” in school, or the phrase “we hate you,” The Bachelorette couple will appear on our TVs one again, this time as part of the Rose Parade. They’ll be on FTD’s float, which will feature “a record-breaking” 100,000 roses as part of its “love songs” theme. FTD’s press release says “[r]eality TV’s favorite newlywed couple Trista and Ryan are a tribute to the floral industry, having first accepted each other’s love through the exchange of simply one rose.” Barf. Meanwhile, after breaking up, The Bachelor 3‘s Andrew Firestone and Jen Schefft “can’t seem to stay away from each other,” according to an AP story. Andrew told InTouch “we are still very good friends” and says “We speak every day.” He says the break-up was “something that just built up.”

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.