Robert Englund says CBS’ reality Nightmare on Elm Street is “gone forever.”

Robert Englund says CBS’ reality Nightmare on Elm Street is “gone forever.”
The reality version of Nightmare on Elm Street that was announced, cast, and shot last year has apparently been shelved. Episodes of Nightmare on Elm Street: Real Nightmares would have shown “three elaborate recreations of contestants’ fears.” However, according to Robert England, who spoke to PhillyBurbs, the series was produced for CBS but is now “gone forever.” He says that CBS “just didn’t need another reality show. They had to put their new show, ‘Numbers’–which I actually really like–up into that time slot we were going to have.” He says people at CBS “were great with us. Everything was great, the problem is, CBS, everything they’ve touched in the past year or two is absolute gold, and they just don’t have any room for us on their schedule.” He does note that “the only place it could ever appear is on the UPN Network,” but adds, “I think it’s just one of those things I have to say goodbye to.”

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.