Major: BBC should drop reality TV.

Major: BBC should drop reality TV.
Even British politicians stick their faces into reality TV. Former Prime Minister John Major says he “would like to see the BBC drop trivial programmes, even if it costs ratings.” He’s specifically referring to “trivial programmes, quiz shows and reality shows” that air on the BBC, which is publicly owned. He asks, “Why should it compete with Sky television and ITV? It is a different beast.” Worse, he says that beast is dirty: “I think there are many people who look through the Radio and TV Times and are dismayed at the relatively low quality of much of the stuff that appears.”

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.