Feedback wins Who Wants to be a Superhero

Feedback, aka Matthew Atherton, has won SciFi’s Who Wants to be a Superhero?. Feedback hugged Stan Lee, who finally emerged from his on-screen prison, and said, “I finally got to embrace the man I have idolized and looked up to my entire life.”

Having defeated Fat Momma, he will be immortalized in a comic book, appear in a parade at Universal in Orlando, and be featured in a SciFi movie. Luckily for Feedback, his alter ego has some acting experience, even though SciFi says he’s a “software engineer,” so the film part should go smoothly.

The finale had the superheros attending stunt school and filming cheesy little introductory movies for their characters, which were shown at the final ceremony at Universal Citywalk. Adding to the series’ overall feeling of being fake and set-up, there wasn’t a single shot at Citywalk that didn’t include people in the crowd looking bored or confused, and the entire finale segment was enhanced with audio. I can’t believe the producers wanted us to think that was genuine, considering that the camera would pan the crowd–most of whom were just standing there, mouths closed, arms not moving–while we heard the equivalent of a football stadium cheering and clapping. Or perhaps they were all superheros, clapping via telepathy.

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.