New York Giants’ quarterback Jesse Palmer will be the fifth Bachelor.

New York Giants’ quarterback Jesse Palmer will be the fifth Bachelor.
A fifth season of The Bachelor is coming to ABC in April, and it will star someone who has, surprisingly enough, not appeared on any of the previous seasons of the show. Instead, New York Giants quarterback Jesse Palmer, 25, will use the show to look for love. ABC confirmed a report on last night’s Extra that the Canadian was cast. The New York Post reports that he might not be a huge draw: he “started the final three games of the Giants’ miserable season, taking the place of injured Kerry Collins,” and the Giants’ lost all three of those games. Additionally, he “is soon to be a free agent, and his future with Big Blue – or any pro team – looks cloudy.”

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.