Mark Cuban: “unfortunate that [Grayson] lost,” show “not about who I like the most.”

Mark Cuban: “unfortunate that [Grayson] lost,” show “not about who I like the most.”
Mark Cuban’s third test of the cast of The Benefactor was a game of Jenga between the two people he was considering cutting, Grayson and William. William was an obnoxious prick while playing but ended up winning, sending Grayson home. On his blog, Mark Cuban writes in a “behind the scenes” post that “Grayson deserved a ton of credit for ignoring every bit of it and keeping her cool. It was unfortunate that she lost.” He adds that the show “is not about who I like the most. I know exactly what I am looking for from each test. These are tests for success, not who I want to have a drink with.” The second episode airs tonight; last week’s debut episode “helped ABC earn a solid ratings win Monday,” reports. The show won its hour with about 6.96 million viewers.

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.