A&E needs help titling show.

A&E needs help titling show.
A&E is still feeling insecure about the title of its upcoming reality TV show set in a morturay home, so its asking for help titling it. A Hollywood Reporter article announcing the show said its title, Dearly Departed, was tentative, and that’s still the case more than a month later. A message posted by TV Barn offers suggested titles, and asks recipients which ones they like best. The new titles include obvious constructions, such as R.I.P. and The Funeral Home, but mostly they’re knee-slappers like Working Stiffs, Dying to Meet You, Family Plots, and Good Mourning (doh!). The message also offers details about the cast, which includes “three beautiful sisters, their quick-tempered father, a bizarre funeral director known as ‘Rainman,’ and an endless stream of corpses.”

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.