Tammy Faye’s Surreal Life stay is helping to convert people who hated her..

Tammy Faye’s Surreal Life stay is helping to convert people who hated her.
Tammy Faye Messner’s appearance on The Surreal Life 2 is working to convert people who are now able to see through her foundation. Since the show started airing, she says, “I am getting thousands of e-mails from people who say they didn’t like me, but now they do.” Why the change of heart? Was it the massage she got from Ron Jeremy? Her tendency to cover her ears when Vanilla Ice spews expletives? Tammy Fay tells the Knoxville News-Sentinel that viewers “didn’t know me as a person before. They just knew me as a cartoon character that the news media has made up. It’s been overwhelming.”

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.