Simple Life renewed, casting begins.

Simple Life renewed, casting begins.
Not that it was in doubt, but The Simple Life 2 has officially been picked up by FOX, and the format, as reported earlier, is a cross-country road trip they’ll take in a camper. FOX reality puppetmaster Mike Darnell tells Variety, “Maybe Paris will visit a Wal-Mart. I’m kind of hoping they stop at a Hilton.” Jon Murray tells the Daily News that it will be like “Lucy and Ricky in long trailers or Chevy Chase in ‘Vacation.'” Bunim-Murray is currently casting for families in Grand Canyon Village, AZ; Brooksville, FL; and Lafayette, LA. Filming will begin within two months, and the show will debut in May.
+ also: Nicky Hilton turned down The Simple Life because “you’re putting yourself out there so much.”

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.