Dr. Fad looking for The Next Trump; NBC looking for big losers, others.

Dr. Fad looking for The Next Trump; NBC looking for big losers, others.
The guy who calls himself Dr. Fad is looking for 10 kids who want to be The Next Trump. The creator of the Wacky WallWalker is conducting “a nationwide search for 10 of the country’s most intelligent and innovative children who will face the challenge of matching his creative wits, while coping with fame in the spotlight, on a new television show pilot-series,” a press release says. Kids who have an invention are invited to apply for the network-less series. Submissions are due Monday, and Dr. Fad promises that he “will provide personalized advice on how to make your dream invention a reality to all submissions,” regardless of whether or not they are selected for the series. Meanwhile, NBC is looking for losers. For its show The Biggest Loser, an “inspirational” show, the network wants people who will lose weight “the old-fashioned way, without liposuction or gastric bypasses,” according to Zap2it.com. NBC is also casting for The Hilton Project, Paris Hilton’s mother’s upcoming series.

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.