vampire, voodoo priestess, others will live with regular people on Sci Fi show.

vampire, voodoo priestess, others will live with regular people on Sci Fi show.
Five people with alternative lifestyles–a blood-drinking vampire, a voodoo priestess, a Wiccan, a modern primitive, and a nudist/Buddhist–will live in a house with 10 people who are competing for $100,000. The “alts,” as USA TODAY calls them, aren’t just there to scare the crap out of the contestants, but also to run contests and vote one of them off the show each week. Mad Mad House debuts March 4 on the Sci Fi Channel and will air 10 episodes. It’s produced by the company behind Paradise Hotel. Learn more about the alts and watch a clip on Sci Fi’s teaser web site for the show.

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.