Making the Band 3 casting announced.

Making the Band 3 casting announced.
Judging by the e.mail I’ve received, there’s a diverse group of XX chromosome-carrying people who are salivating at the prospect of stardom via Making the Band 3‘s all-girl group. As one wrote, “Who says that a white chick from Flint can’t RoCk??!!” Well, rest easy, rockin’ white chicks in Flint and everyone else: MTV has finally released the audition info for the upcoming series, and three open casting calls will be held. One will be on the west coast (in Malibu on Oct. 12), one in the midwest (in Chicago on Oct. 16), and one on the east coast (in New York City on Oct. 20). Unlike with American Idol, those under the age of 18 won’t be permitted to audition.
+ update: The Chicago audition that was listed has been replaced by a Miami casting call on Oct. 18, and the New York audition has been moved up a day. Check MTV.com for the latest info.

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.

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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.