UK’s Big Brother 5 adds glass shower.

UK’s Big Brother 5 adds glass shower.
In an effort to sex up the fifth season of the UK’s Big Brother, a large, walk-in closet-sized shower with crystal-clear glass walls, has been added to the new house. It opens to the back yard, although The Sun reports that “[m]odest housemates can hide their blushes with a button that frosts the glass.” Rather than just redecorating a mobile home, as producers for the US series seem content to do, UK producers have made a number of changes, including replacing bedrooms with one big room, although it is divided with a removable screen. In addition, a source tells The Sun that the house “seems really small and cramped. The programme makers are hoping that will lead to a lot of close contact.”

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.