Garman: Jeff Probst inspired Joe Schmo host; British hosts inspired new host.

Garman: Jeff Probst inspired Joe Schmo host; British hosts inspired new host.
As the host on The Joe Schmo Show, Ralph Garman says he modeled himself after Survivor host Jeff Probst, aka Dimples. “It was definitely those eviction ceremonies, the counting of the votes, the way he pauses and drags it out. It’s just great theater,” Garman tells the New York Daily News. Garman is returning for Joe Schmo 2, which debuts next week. However, he’ll be heavily made-up, and sport a British accent. “There seems to be a glut of shows with British hosts. We thought that would be funny,” he says. About the show’s premise, Garman says it’s “well-intentioned and fun,” not humiliating like other reality TV shows.

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.