“TV broke ground with” Pedro Zamora.

“TV broke ground with” Pedro Zamora.
Examining the history of AIDS and the arts, The Chicago Tribune says that “TV broke ground with the documentary struggles of 22-year-old Pedro Zamora.” Pedro, one of the cast members of The Real World San Francisco, died just nine years ago this November, the day after the last episode of the show that “chronicled Zamora’s chutzpah and death for a brave new audience of youngsters World Aids Day 2003 on MTV,” as the Tribune reports. Today is World AIDS Day 2003; some facts and figures about HIV and AIDS.

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.