Amazing Race 11 will reportedly be an all-star season

Having failed to learn its lesson, CBS has reportedly ordered an all-star season of its third major reality show, The Amazing Race, its only marquee reality series that has been as-yet-untouched by such a stunt.

Citing “credible confirmation,” TVgasm reports “that the eleventh season of The Amazing Race, which begins shooting next month, will be an ALL STAR edition.”

The cast is apparently already in place: “contracts have been signed and racers will return for the eleventh season, which begins shooting next month,” the site reports. The good news, at least for me: Charla and Mirna are returning, according to TVgasm. The bad news: so are Colin and Christie, and probably every other loathsome team.

While the all-star seasons of both Survivor and Big Brother were underwhelming and not exactly runaway hits, The Amazing Race is, at least in theory, a different sort of show because teams are essentially racing only against themselves. But depending upon who’s selected and what, if any, changes are made to the race itself, an all-star season could be as flat as CBS’ other two attempts.

TVgasm EXCLUSIVE – Survivor, Big Brother and Now Amazing Race All Stars [TVgasm]

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.