Real World, Road Rules, and Simple Life creator Mary-Ellis Bunim dies.

Real World, Road Rules, and Simple Life creator Mary-Ellis Bunim dies.
Mary-Ellis Bunim, half of the team that created The Real World, Road Rules, Making the Band, Love Cruise, and The Simple Life, died of cancer yesterday at 57. She worked first in daytime TV, producing “more than 2,500 hours of daytime television on Search for Tomorrow, As the World Turns, Santa Barbara and Loving,” according to her bio. Her producing partner, Jonathan Murray, tells CNN, “Mary-Ellis was a one-in-a-million partner and friend, and I will always treasure our incredible years of collaboration. Even as the family at Bunim-Murray Productions mourns her loss, we will honor her memory by remaining committed to her ideals of creativity, adventure, and excellence, both on the screen and in our lives.” Additionally, TV Week reports that Bunim-Murray VP and producer Bonnie Bogard, who worked on both Love Cruise and The Simple Life, died earlier this week.

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.