Surreal Life 3 starts taping with Jordan Knight, Flavor Flav, Dave Coulier, Charo.

Surreal Life 3 starts taping with Jordan Knight, Flavor Flav, Dave Coulier, Charo.
VH1’s The Surreal Life 3 began production yesterday. The cast includes Jordan Knight of New Kids on the Block, Flavor Flav of Public Enemy, Dave Coulier of Full House, Brigitte Nielsen of Beverly Hills Cop 2, and Charo of cuchi cuchi fame. They’ve also scraped the bottom of the reality barrel once again; this time, American Idol‘s Ryan Starr fills the Trishelle/Jeri Manthey slot. Reports that the network shift (from The WB) also brought with it a shift to an all-musician cast were apparently somewhat of a stretch, although the network’s press release says Charo is “a master of the flamenco guitar,” while Coulier “was Alanis Morissette’s inspiration for” the song “You Oughta Know.” The show debuts Sept. 5.

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.