paranoid Tammy Faye didn’t take off makeup, shower while on Surreal Life.

paranoid Tammy Faye didn’t take off makeup, shower while on Surreal Life.
Tammy Faye Messner was paranoid about what the cameras might catch during her stay in The Surreal Life 2 house. “I went to bed with my panty hose on and my long pajamas and a robe, so that if I turned over, they wouldn’t see anything,” she tells TV Guide, after explaining that she left her makeup on all the time, except in the bathroom. She adds, “I didn’t take a shower for four days because they couldn’t convince me that there weren’t cameras in the bathroom.” TV Guide asks her about the penile implant episode of her old TV show, and she says, “Christians love sex, too. Heck, we’re not Puritans.” Apparently, though, she still can’t bring herself to say the word “penis,” adding that Ron Jeremy “was just the big guy who’d brought his little pet turtle to the house. I liked him.”

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.