The Surreal Life 2 debuts Sunday.

The Surreal Life 2 debuts Sunday.
Six more B- and C-list (and, in the case of The Real World Las Vegas‘ Trishelle, F-list) celebrities give up their freedom for two weeks and join The Surreal Life 2. The series debuts Sunday at 9 p.m. ET. The New York Post’s Linda Stasi says that only Tammy Faye and Erik Estrada “come off as nice–or even human.” The Times-Picayune reports that Trishelle wants to hook up with Vanilla Ice, and “actually achieve[s] it with Andy Dick.” Oh, the horror. Also, Trishelle, who’s clearly the pre-show publicity darling, tells TV Guide that she “was pissed off at the producers. Pissed! I packed up all my bags and I was ready to go home.” That was apparently because of a faux episode of the Sally Jessy Raphael Show, during which Sally confronted Trishelle about her drinking.

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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