ABC calls anarchy-filled, rule-less, cheap-ass Bachelor 7 “unplugged.”

ABC calls anarchy-filled, rule-less, cheap-ass Bachelor 7 “unplugged.”
For its last-ditch effort at its reality romance franchise, ABC is saving a few bucks while throwing everything it can against the wall and seeing what will stick, hoping they won’t just end up with crap on the wall. The network is calling The Bachelor 7 “unplugged,” as it features “no limos, no gowns and no rules”–the first two are roughly translated as “we’re not spending any more money on this series.” Additionally, “the roses can come at any time.” What other surprises will there be? That’s all we know about now, but perhaps Chris Harrison will show up drunk or at least tripped out on caffeine, tired of repeating the same cliches for 10 seasons and ready to kick some ass. The network has also announced the 25 women who will compete for F-list actor Charlie O’Connell’s affections, or who will at least allow him to use them to increase his fame by a trifling amount. One of those women, ABC is thrilled to note, “is the first single mom in ‘Bachelor’ history.” And for some odd reason, nine of them have names that start with K: Kara, Katie, Kerry, Kimberly, Kindle, Krisily, Kristen, Kristina, and Kristine.

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.

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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.