Reality Central launch delayed until later this year, but signs its first cable carrier.

Reality Central launch delayed until later this year, but signs its first cable carrier.
Insight Communications is the first cable company to pick up the all reality TV network Reality Central. The cable company, which a press release says “is the 9th largest cable operator in the United States,” has 1.4 million subscribers in Illinois, Kentucky, Indiana, and Ohio. Who knew that midwesterners were such earlier adopters? The network will only be included as part of that company’s digital cable offerings. The press release says the network “launches in 2004,” no longer specifying the first quarter; as TV Week reports, Reality Central “has delayed its planned spring launch until later this year.”

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.