PBS will film, air Texas Ranch House.

PBS will film, air Texas Ranch House.
Although the producer of the UK House series said that Regency House Party might be the last produced by Wall to Wall and Channel Four, PBS is stepping up to the plate and producing a series of their own. Over eight episodes, Texas Ranch House “will follow a cast of 20 as they experience life in the Old West. Participants will ranch, rope, ride and pass nights under the stars, duplicating what it was like to be an American cowboy in post-Civil War Texas,” the Houston Chronicle reports. Set to debut next spring, it will film this summer in east Texas; applications will be available Feb. 1 at pbs.org.

The Sing-Off loses its star

Ben Folds

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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.

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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.