TAR producer: “now all of the sudden everyone realizes how good it is.”

TAR producer: “now all of the sudden everyone realizes how good it is.”
The executive producer and creator of The Amazing Race 5 is baffled by the success of this season: “We always had a steady 8 million viewers, and all the sudden we’ve broken through, and I have no idea why, to tell you the truth. We’ve done five [editions of the show], I’ve produced 65 hours of television, and now all of the sudden everyone realizes how good it is,” Bertram van Munster tells the Chicago Tribune. He cites the show’s die-hard fans as one reason for its enduring success, but also says that, despite rumors, it never was at risk: “CBS has never given me the idea that the show wouldn’t come back. Never ever.” The Trib gives part of the credit for this season’s success to Charla Faddoul, who recently told van Munster, “Bertram, I don’t know what’s happening. People are screaming down the street, ‘There she is; there she is!’ I can’t go to the market anymore–I get crowded by people who want my autograph.”

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.