Wife Swap pays $20,000 to each family

Ever wonder why a family would go on Wife Swap, subjecting its young ones to life. I mean, other than for the “experience”? A casting notice posted on Boing Boing has the answer: “All participating families receieve a $20,000 honorarium fee.”

The show contacted the blog because they’re “specifically looking to have a very techno-savvy family on the show — where both parents and their children are into the latest and greatest that technology has to offer.” They want “families who apply consist of two parents that have at least two children, over the age of 5, living at home.”

The show is looking for other families, too, and is in the middle of a number of open casting calls. This past weekend, producers were at the Disney-MGM Studios theme part in Orlando and at a mall in New York; they’ll be in a number of other locations shortly.

ABC’s “Wife Swap” looking for a Boing Boing style family (you’ll get $20k) [Boing Boing]
Wife Swap casting [ABC]

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.