The Amazing Race 5 cast announced.

The Amazing Race 5 cast announced.
Now that it’s definitely debuting early in July, CBS has announced the cast for The Amazing Race 5. The 11 couples include the one couple we already, sadly, knew about: obnoxious Big Brother 4 runner-up Alison and her boyfriend Donny. The other teams include widowers who lost partners to cancer and met online, Miss Texas and her boyfriend, identical twins, and Syrian first cousins. (Video of the contestants aired on the Early Show.) There is only one male/male team, and only three female/female teams, and all but one of the male/female teams consist of dating or married couples.

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.