opera singers compete in France.

opera singers compete in France.
The French are taking the highbrow road in their approach to talent competition reality TV shows. Orpheus: Behind the Scenes in the Underworld will feature a “cast of 25-to-30-year-old singers”; they “have graduated from conservatories all over Europe” and will try “to impress conductor Christophe Coin, Italian opera director Antonio Latella and 16 teachers to win the best roles in Monteverdi’s 17th-century opera ‘Orpheus’ [L’Orfeo],” Variety reports. The show will air on music network Mezzo in six-minute segments during weekdays and 26-minute shows on the weekends; a live performance will air April 17.

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.

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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.