despite last place debut, Surreal Life 2 debut sets record ratings for The WB.

despite last place debut, Surreal Life 2 debut sets record ratings for The WB.
Despite coming in last during its time slot, The Surreal Life 2 debut “posted impressive ratings for the WB, even setting network records in a few demographic categories” and “was a rare bit of good news for a network that has suffered an alarming drop-off this season in young viewers, an audience it typically owns,” The Contra Costa Times reports. Those numbers may or may not have been hurt by the series’ “extra character”–Ron Jeremy’s 9.75-inch penis–which Eric Estrada tells he saw. Trishelle, however, didn’t see it. Maybe that’s because she was too busy hooking up with Andy Dick.

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.