Marcellas hosting BB5 web talk show.

Marcellas hosting BB5 web talk show.
As if three episodes a week won’t be enough to satiate your appetite for scheming skanks and jackasses, Big Brother 5 is adding a daily half-hour talk show to its line-up every weekday. The talk show, however, won’t air on CBS, but on Starting Wednesday, Marcellas Reynolds and Gretchen Massey–both of whom appeared on Big Brother 3–will host the program, which will include “phone calls, fan e-mails, lengthy discussions of strategy and alliances and visits from former ‘Big Brother’ guests and recently evicted contestants,” reports. The show is called House Calls, and CBS claims it “is the first live Internet talk show produced exclusively for a television network.”

+ also: the show will air at 1 p.m. ET every weekday; call 323.CBS.1000 to participate.

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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