Mark Cuban, Aaron Carter, Jane Seymour, others reportedly join Dancing with the Stars 5

Former Benefactor star and Donald Trump sparring partner Mark Cuban will join Dancing with the Stars 5, Sports Illustrated reports. The magazine’s site cites simply “a source.”

Meanwhile, TMZ has published a pageview-generating slideshow of the cast, a list its anonymous writers say they have “uncovered” in their pretend journalism sort of way. Three of those names could be uncovered by Googling: Jennie Garth and Melanie Brown have been confirmed participants since June, and a report last week said Wayne Newton would join the cast.

The rest are Aaron Carter, Jane Seymour, Incredible Hulk Lou Ferrigno, Floyd Mayweather, Jr., singer Nia Peeples, CNN’s Richard Quest, model Gisele Bundchen, racecar driver Helio Castroneves, and Cheetah Girls’ Sabrina Bryan. However, “CNN says the report about Quest isn’t true,” The Orlando Sentinel’s Hal Boedeker reports, so there’s one down.

The official list will be revealed Wednesday on Good Morning America.

Cuban dancer [Sports Illustrated]
“Dancing with the Stars” Cast Leaked!! [TMZ]
Are Tori Spelling, Jane Seymour going “Dancing With the Stars”? [Orlando Sentinel]

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.