fish killing Fraternity Life 2 member pleads no contest; pledges also charged.

fish killing Fraternity Life 2 member pleads no contest; pledges also charged.
One of the two UCSC fraternity members charged with killing and grilling and eating a decades-old koi plead guilty “to grand theft and vandalism” Friday. Matthew Cox now “faces a possible two years in County Jail on the misdemeanor charges,” according to the Santa Cruz Sentinel. He was a member of Delta Omega Chi fraternity, which was featured on MTV’s Fraternity Life: Santa Cruz. Meanwhile, the other student charged didn’t show in court Friday, and MTV videotape has led to charges against pledges Jordan Trigg and Jonathan Bermudez.

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.