Real Gilligan’s Island features two casts.

Real Gilligan’s Island features two casts.
TBS’ The Real Gilligan’s Island will include not a single person representing each character, but two. The series, according to TBS, “features two real-life skippers, two first mates, two millionaire couples, two movie stars, two Midwest farm girls and two professors. The castaways must work together, as the original castaways did in the 1960s sitcom, to get off the island. Each of the castaways competes against his/her character counterpart for a spot in the final cast of seven characters.” In the movie star role, Rachel Hunter’s Ginger will compete against Nicole Eggert’s Ginger.

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.