strong Surreal Life 3 debut leads to fourth season, Flava Flav, Brigitte Nielsen series.

strong Surreal Life 3 debut leads to fourth season, Flava Flav, Brigitte Nielsen series.
VH1 was so impressed with the ratings for the first season of The Surreal Life 3 that it has renewed the series. The 1.7 million people who tuned in made it the biggest debut for a VH1 series ever. In addition, Variety reports that the series’ producer “says he is already working on a series project revolving around ‘Surreal Life’ housemates rapper Flava Flav and action star Brigitte Nielsen.” Casting for the fourth season will begin soon.

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.