producers find casts on Craigslist; SciFi already casting for Mad Mad House 2.

producers find casts on Craigslist; SciFi already casting for Mad Mad House 2.
No more sweaty lines in major metropolitan areas nor negotiating with unknown actors’ agents. The hot new place for some reality TV show producers to find cast members is online, on Craigslist. A producer for TLC’s Date Patrol tells the New York Post, “We post in a lot of different outlets for recruitment, but Craigslist is one of our most successful avenues of finding people for our show.” SciFi is using Craigslist to cast for a second season of Mad Mad House; the first season will debut in March. Other current casting notices: TLC is searching for people who are moving for a new series (and earlier looked for “a hot, masculine Carpenter”); NBC wants “a loving couple that have been exclusive to one another for 6 months or more”; and an unnamed network today needs a “[b]eautiful caucasian woman with great legs” who is “[a] party girl who likes to drink and gamble, who enjoys sports and would love to sit front and center at a Knicks basketball game.”

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.