wedding watched by more people in the US than Princess Diana’s wedding.

wedding watched by more people in the US than Princess Diana’s wedding.
Trista and Ryan’s Bachelorette wedding was watched by 17.1 million viewers, about 100,000 more than watched Princess Diana marry Charles. The royal wedding aired on all three networks but was still only seen by 17 million, which was “the largest audience ever to watch televised nuptials,” the Daily News reports. Still, that wedding did air in the US at, oh, 5 a.m., and that was also in 1981, when people didn’t have two TVs in every room. Trista and Ryan’s wedding cost $4 million; USA TODAY breaks down the cost. Their cake was $15,000 and had seven layers; and they had a mere 30,000 ivory and pink roses.

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.