low ratings for Bachelorette 3 debut; more on Fabrice’s sexual orientation.

low ratings for Bachelorette 3 debut; more on Fabrice’s sexual orientation.
The evidence is mounting that The Bachelorette 3 might turn the rose ceremony into a coming-out ceremony. Following up on TVgasm’s report that bachelor Fabrice might be gay, E! says that has “unleashed a frenzy of investigation into the reality contestant’s background.” Among the revelations: a shirtless photo of Fabrice on ChicagoPride.com and his profile at bigmuscle.com. Add all that to the previews that show Fabrice has a surprise confession to make, and, well, he’s probably not going to pull of his face and reveal himself to be Andrew Firestone. But whatever happens, it can only help the show: Its first episode last Monday drew 9.2 million viewers, which is “significantly down from the 2004 edition of The Bachelorette, which averaged 11.6 million viewers.” That also left The Bachelorette 3 in fourth place among the networks. Maybe it’s time to find some new faces instead of recycling the old, or maybe it’s just time to drag this series into an alley and finish it off humanely.

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.