viewers will pick next Challenge cast.

viewers will pick next Challenge cast.
The cast for the next season of The Real World/Road Rules Challenge will be selected by visitors to MTV.com. As the site says, “We’re letting YOU choose the teams for the next season of The Challenge. No longer will it be Real World vs. Road Rules or girls vs. guys–the next theme will be naughty vs. nice and you get to decide who will be on the ‘naughty’ team and who will be on the ‘nice’ team.” As TVGasm points out, “naughty” and “nice” are “Bunim/Murray’s euphemistic way of saying ‘Sluts, assholes, and idiots.'” TVGasm’s B-Side also makes a “plea to voters. Don’t try to sort players into ‘Naughty’ or ‘Nice’ categories. Think about the teams. What will be the most interesting to watch? Maybe one team should be all old people while another is young. Oooh, or maybe minorities against the white folk? At the very least, get people who hate each other on the same team.”

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.