“Newly designed” Road Rules will return to MTV

Buried in the newly launched web site of Bunim-Murray’s recently announced M Theory company, which exists to repurpose and develop new content for the Internet and mobile devices, there’s some news about Road Rules, which has been on hiatus for more than a year. It’s been so long that TV.com says the show has “ended.”

However, the MTV series “is being developed to return to the network in a newly designed format which will allow the viewer to play a role in both competitions and the fate of players via broadband and mobile technology,” the web site says.

What exactly that means or how exactly that will work isn’t clear, but hopefully it’ll work better than the show’s series-killing decision to force the cast members to vote each other off the show, which started around the time reality TV began and producers for the original competition-based series got insecure over all of the vote-off shows on TV.

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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.