more celeb shows debut in the UK.

more celeb shows debut in the UK.
The British are getting all hot and bothered over celebrities in reality TV shows. That, or they just realize that realize it’s better to keep their C-list celebs locked away rather than allowing them to roam the streets. After the finale of the latest I’m a Celebrity broke records, Five debuted Back To Reality on Sunday night. 1.8 million people watched the new reality show, in which the celebrities “live together in the luxury mansion and complete reality challenges.” The celebrities include Uri Geller, Pop Idol‘s Rik Waller, and American reality TV “star” Joe Millionaire‘s Sarah Kozer. Up next, the British will lock eight celebrities for a week in Chillingham Castle, which is apparently haunted. I’m Famous And Frightened! will debut March 12 on Living TV.

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.