A&E cancels Rollergirls, is developing other reality series

A&E’s Rollergirls, the first series to borrow Laguna Beach‘s aesthetic, has been cancelled. Variety reports that “execs were pleased with the content of the show” but that “ratings were subpar.”

A&E is not abandoning reality TV, however. The network has renewed Dallas SWAT, and will debut a new Dog the Bounty Hunter this month and new series King of Cars next month.

And A&E has ordered a pilot for a show that “follows showbiz kids Randy Spelling, Sean Stewart (son of Rod) and budding talent agent Dave Weintraub as they move out of their parents’ homes and try life as roomies.” Also in development is Out There, which follows “members of an officially sanctioned Paranormal Research Society at Penn State.”

Reality sets in for new A&E series [Variety]

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.

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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.