new shows: real-life Sex and the City, Gilligan’s Island; US family in UK; golf.

new shows: real-life Sex and the City, Gilligan’s Island; US family in UK; golf.

  • Besides airing edited repeats of Sex and the City, TBS is, as part of its rebranding, also producing a reality TV version of the series hosted by Candace Bushnell. The Untitled Candace Bushnell Project is described like this: “Hosted by Candace Bushnell (Sex and the City) and produced by September Films (Bridezillas, Single in the City), this show takes four single girls on a hunt for Mr. Right, or Mr. Right Now, in New York City. The show will follow the girls at work and at play, watching them date and convene regularly to swap dating notes and maybe even dates.” I can’t help but wonder: Will we also see them in bed?
  • TBS is also creating a reality version of Gilligan’s Island, working with the series’ original producers, Lloyd and Sherwood Schwartz. Contestants will have to try to get off the island they’re stranded on. The network will also offer two new hidden camera shows to the world (just what we needed), produced by Jamie Foxx and Martin Lawrence.
  • Another show in development will follow an American family trying to cope with life after being moved to an exotic, foreign locale where the natives speak differently. The family will move to the UK and live in relative luxury for The Royals, which has already been bought by Sky TV in the UK. Producers are now looking for a US network, Variety reports.
  • PGA Productions is working on a Road Rules meets golf series for CBS. The three-part series will follow eight golfers on two-player teams playing 18 holes on 18 different PGA courses. “The 18 holes come from 18 different PGA Tour courses spread over 12 states, and teams must finish all 18 holes in 10 days traveling by recreational vehicle,” according to The Advertiser. It will air on CBS in May and June.
  • 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.