Peter Brady, Chyna Doll, Mini-Me, Marcus Schenkenberg on Surreal Life 4.

Peter Brady, Chyna Doll, Mini-Me, Marcus Schenkenberg on Surreal Life 4.
The Surreal Life 3 doesn’t conclude until Sunday evening, but VH1 is already hyping the fourth season of the show, which will be the second to air on the music network. When casting The Surreal Life 4, the network apparently dumped the musical-connection idea, which was quite the stretch with the third-season cast anyway. The new group: Da Brat; America’s Next Top Model Adrianne Curry, in the former reality TV star spot; pro wrestler Chyna Doll; model Marcus Schenkenberg; The Go-Go’s Jane Wiedlin, Peter Brady’s Christopher Knight; and Verne Troyer, who will forver be known as his Austin Powers character Mini-Me. The new season kicks off January. 9.

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.