Amazing Race in Calgary used 150 crew.

Amazing Race in Calgary used 150 crew.
By far one of the most impressive parts of The Amazing Race is the logistical challenge of coordinating a race around the world. Well, that and the way some couples manage to stay together even though they clearly hate each othr with burning passion. Anyway, just the two days teams spent in Calgary during the final leg of the race involved more than 150 crew members and tons of preparation. For example, “Co-producer Eda Lischman says one person spent three months just handling immigration issues,” the Canadian Press reports. To help them with this task, the production team “contracted to Alberta-based The Producers, Ltd., a company that has experience dealing with celebrities who like to sneak out the back door.” Planning began in November for the February shoot.
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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.

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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.