model Brandon on NY/LA billboards.

model Brandon on NY/LA billboards.
The Brandon half of The Amazing Race 5‘s dating/models couple Brandon and Nicole famously refuses to tasks such as downing a shot of vodka, lest he betray his faith. His faith does, however, permit him to treat Nicole as if she were his incompetent property, and it also apparently doesn’t preclude being photographed sleeveless for an ad that’s currently “adorning all sorts of bus shelters and billboards” in New York and LA, according to TVGasm. Along with its photo of the ad, TVGasm also notes, “For the unconverted heathens who think this is merely the Devil’s ruse, seek the good word at the amazingly annoying flash site of Point Zero, the fashion label that’s introduced this Biblical plague on our cities.”

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.