Colonial House cast member says it “was an us vs. them” between cast and crew.

Colonial House cast member says it “was an us vs. them” between cast and crew.
Colonial House cast member Jeff Lin writes on his web site that the cast and crew of the show developed an antagonistic relationship. “There was an us vs. them attitude that we had toward the production crew, who constantly spoke of their ‘parallel experience’ living in the northern woods of rural Maine,” he says. He also writes of watching his experiences become scenes on television–such as spending five weeks building a house, a process that consumed “a mind-numbing seven minutes of airtime.”
+ also: Colonial House has “remarkable parallels to our nation-building efforts in the Middle East.”
+ and: Channel 4 casting UK men for one-month French Foreign Legion series.

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.