CBS is casting for Big Brother 6.

CBS is casting for Big Brother 6.
Big Brother is returning this summer, and CBS need a new group of immature junkies, drunks, and sluts of all sexes and ages for Big Brother 6. There is no deadline right now; the application notes that “[t]he deadline will be posted on cbs.com at least ten days before applications stop being accepted. Semi-finalist interviews are currently planned for April or May 2005.” There are also almost 30 open casting calls being held throughout the country. In a press release, co-executive producer Arnold Shapiro says, “Our goal this summer is to assemble the most colorful, competitive, and charismatic houseguests we’ve ever had. Right now, we’re seeking the most memorable and exciting competitors we can find.” Translating that from press release speak, what he’s really saying is this: “If you’re even close to sober or come from a family that doesn’t believe in incest, try elsewhere.” His producing partner Allison Grodner says some surprises are in store: “Coming up with the best House Guests and the most surprising twists are the most challenging-yet-rewarding parts of producing ‘Big Brother.’ This summer we look forward to delivering a terrific cast and surprising new twists.” Translating this, we end up with: “Come hang out in the trailer in our parking lot and we’ll be sure to screw with your mind so severely that you’ll need years of therapy, but at least I’ll feel better about being picked on in middle school.”

The Sing-Off loses its star

Ben Folds

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A film director talks about becoming a reality TV character

Anna Martemucci

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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.