Spike renews The Joe Schmo Show.

Spike renews The Joe Schmo Show.
Spike TV has ordered 10 hours of a second Joe Schmo Show season. There’s no debut date yet nor official word of the format, but according to Variety, “Insiders say season two parodies a different genre of reality TV.” So many possibilities! But wouldn’t it be great if the second season parodied the first? The “Joe Schmo” would be an actor who thought s/he was deceiving a schmo, but that person would actually be an actor pretending to be a real guy, just like the actor thought s/he was doing. We’d need flow charts to keep track of who was who, but it’d be fun. Besides, parodying The Real World is like shooting former cast members at a Challenge: way too easy, and kind of sad.

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.