CBS will bring bad dreams to life with reality version of Nightmare on Elm Street.

CBS will bring bad dreams to life with reality version of Nightmare on Elm Street.
CBS has been casting recently for a new reality show, asking happy fun questions such as, “Do you have a recurring nightmare that scares the living daylights out of you? Do you often wake up in a cold sweat trying to flee your haunting hallucination? Are you afraid to shut your eyes for fear that these nightmarish images will actually materialize?” Now we know the purpose of those inquiries: The network is producing a reality version of the Freddy Krueger films. For Nightmare on Elm Street: Real Nightmares, Robert Englund (who played Freddy) “will show up at participants’ homes and ask them to recount their deepest darkest nightmares. As the participants tell their stories, the dreams will be visualized by special effects artist Peter Kuran,” reports. Instead of just killing participants in their bedrooms as they dream, Freddy, er, Robert Englund, will then “take them to a secret location to face their nightmare head-on in an elaborate challenge.” Six one-hour episodes have been ordered, according to The Futon Critic, which says the series is likely to air “as part of CBS’ new reality-driven Saturday night lineup.”

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.