Meredith is more real than TV-friendly Trista; Estella won’t talk to Bob again.

Meredith is more real than TV-friendly Trista; Estella won’t talk to Bob again.
The host of The Bachelorette 2 says that the new star, Meredith Phillips, “is probably the most ‘real’ person we’ve had.” Chris Harrison says that Trista was basically made for TV: “With Trista, the great thing for those of us producing [The Bachelorette] was that she always [understood it was] a TV show, and did what she needed to do.” With Meredith, however, “if she’s happy, she’s happy. If she’s sad, if she’s pissed off, that’s it. She is who she is. She’s not faking it.” We’ll take that to mean Trista faked it. Speaking of faking it, Bob Guiney and Estella Gardiner are now talking about their failed relationship. Estella tells People that Bob is “not the person I thought he was. I don’t see any reason to ever have a conversation with him.” As Lloyd Grove reports, Bob blames his schedule: “I’ve been pulled in so many directions, and the one that I don’t think got enough of my time was our relatationship. For that, I feel awful.”

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.