fun with Playing it Straight gaydar.

fun with Playing it Straight gaydar.
FOX’s Playing it Straight continues tonight, following Jackie’s selection of two straight men last week, both of whom she thought were gay. Rumors, innuendo, and fun about the sexual orientation of the remaining contestants:

Dan from The Real World Miami writes in his weblog that he dated one of the contestants when he was 22. Dan says “really butched it up quite effectively for TV.” … Contestant Sharif, who is also a musician, has set up a forum for his fans to discuss his sexual orientation: Shariffans.com. … Got Gaydar?, a sort of Are You Hot? site that allows visitors to rate the gayness of other site users, has placed the contestants’ pictures on its site to be rated. Ryan leads right now; 86 percent of visitors think he’s gay. … If you just can’t wait to find out who’s gay and who’s not, Gawker tries to spoil the fun with “collected speculation and ‘evidence’ about the sexual orientation of contestants.” That evidence includes photographs, web sites, and e.mail messages from readers.

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.