Sperm Race begins in Germany.

Sperm Race begins in Germany.
Sperm are racing toward a destination in Germany, and yes, it’s a reality TV show. First announced more than four years ago, in 2001, Sperm Race has kicked off. Alas, no kid will ever be able to watch his or her conception on TV. First, the competitors will donate at a sperm bank, but that won’t be shown on TV. Then, “the sperm will ‘race’ towards an egg–lured by a chemical that encourages them across the finishing line. Three doctors, including a gynaecologist, will be on hand to make sure the sperm behave correctly, while cameras will record it all,” The Observer reports. No eggs are involved. The winner gets a red Porsche. Production company Endemol Germany’s president reports that “Sperm Race is serious. Fertility is a big thing in Germany. About 1.8 million German men are unable to have children because they suffer from poor sperm. And there are disappointed girlfriends and wives, as well as parents who wait in vain for grandchildren.”

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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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.