Big Brother cast list is “completely made up,” casting director says

Because three months of Big Brother every year is not enough time to waste on the show, fans of the show are busy going crazy over this year’s possible cast and twist.

A cast list surfaced over the weekend, apparently first posted at Jokers, and is still being reprinted today, even though the show’s casting director says it is fiction. Robyn Kass told Live Wire, “I find the internet very amusing. No one on our cast is listed here AND I never even interviewed any of these people- completely made up, but interesting!”

Along with the list came a rumor that this year’s casting twist involved high school enemies being cast, which is sort of akin to the exes twist from season four, and would mean that for the fifth (!) year in a row, some of the houseguests would already know each other.

If history is any guide, the real cast will likely be revealed by the end of this week; the show debuts next Thursday.

possible list of houseguests…take it for what its pictures [Jokers]
Kass Calls List Amusing But Not True [Live Wire]

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.

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Anna Martemucci

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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.