thousands audition for Apprentice 2.

thousands audition for Apprentice 2.
The first open casting call for The Apprentice 2 took place in New York City yesterday, and “[n]early 2,000 potential contestants…mobbed the Trump Building on Wall St.” for their shot at making it on the show. Some were able to meet Donald Trump, who sat in on one of the group interview sessions. The New York Daily News says that there was plenty of “scheming and backstabbing” already; “[a] highway-maintenance worker wrangled with a publicist over the first spot in line,” while “latecomers flashed hundreds of dollars for a coveted place near the front.” The open casting calls continue Saturday in Atlanta, Boston, and Chicago, and eventually head to Miami, Cleveland, San Francisco, Austin, Omaha, Little Rock, Portland, and New Orleans.

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.