Big Brotherhouse guests say they want to quit because twin twist “stacked the odds.”

Big Brother house guests say they want to quit because twin twist “stacked the odds.”
Reaction to the Big Brother 5 twin twist was slightly more dramatic in the house than it was on TV. Jase, for one, practically gave up: “I am ready to go. I don’t have a snowball’s chance at winning even $50,000.” As Jam! Showbiz’s John Powell writes, “several of the houseguests claimed they were ready to quit playing the game and just relax for the rest of their time in the house.” The reason: “the producers ‘stacked the odds’ against them. Neither [Marvin or Jase] wants to be sequestered as part of the jury or continue playing the game. When they are voted out, they just want to go home even if it means sacrificing their stipend to be on the series.” Note, however, that they’re going to wait around staring at themselves in various mirrors until they’re voted out; real horsemen would just walk.

The Sing-Off loses its star

Ben Folds

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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.

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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.