future shows: The Big Shot’s overachievers, Ivana Trump, Gilligan’s Island cast member clones, Outback Jack’s city women, two new Bachelors.

future show announcements

  • The Bachelor, and maybe The Bachelorette, will return for at least two more seasons.
  • Blue 13 Productions is casting for The Big Shot, which “pits over-achievers from a variety of backgrounds into an unusual and challenging real-world environment that will test their abilities to succeed at any cost.”
  • $2 million in prizes will be offered for the Las Vegas-based Business Chamber’s proposed reality show The Venture, which “gives the winning contestant $1,000,000 to start their own business or improve the one they have. Viewers also have a chance to win $1,000,000 just for guessing ‘The Venture’ show winner.”
  • Ivana Trump’s agent says “two networks are vying for” the reality series she’s shopping.
  • Mike Fleiss producing Gilligan’s Island series for TBS; Gilligan’s Island will debut late this year and “will feature a group of people who embody the essence of the characters they represent.”
  • TBS will also air Outback Jack “12 beautiful, sophisticated and pampered city women board a plane,” parachute into the outback, and pursue a “rugged hero.”
  • ABC will air The Great Domestic Showdown May 25 and 26, searching for a new Martha Stewart–just like CBS is doing.
  • 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.

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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.