wannabe soap stars, British group Busted, Ivana Trump get reality TV series.

wannabe soap stars, British group Busted, Ivana Trump get reality TV series.
MTV is apparently offering to make worldwide stars of UK boy rock band Busted a group that one fan site says “changed the face of pop in British music.” Brand Republic says that they “are in discussions with MTV to do a fly-on-the-wall documentary similar to The Osbournes, which could see the band catapulted to stardom in the US. The deal is reportedly worth £1m, with lucrative merchandising projects to follow if negotiations are successful.” …
LMNO Productions is now casting melodramatic people who’d like to star in a soap opera. On the series, which is being produced for Disney-owned SoapNet, “Six people will live together while competing for the ultimate prize: a role on a network soap opera.” … Finally, Ivana Trump has reportedly signed a deal with Stone Stanely to star in her own show. By the way, Stone Stanley, producers of The Mole and America’s Next Top Model, are actually now just Stone, as Stanley–David Stanley, that is–left for a production deal at Telepictures.

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.

about the writer

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.