Big Brother will return for fifth season.

Big Brother will return for fifth season.
Big Brother will be returning for a fifth season this summer, which is even more surprisingly than the fact that Julie Chen still has a job hosting it (oh, wait, that’s not surprising any more). Casting has begun for this summer’s installment, which will again run for three months. Producer Arnold Shapiro says they’re “seeking the most outgoing, competitive, quirky and charismatic players we can find.” It helps if you’re extra skeezy. And extra points if you’ve ever held a knife to someone’s throat for fun or regularly get drunk on NyQuil.

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.

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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.