Celebrities will control the lives of “gifted” cast on Big Brother: Celebrity Hijack

After cancelling the 2008 celebrity edition of Big Brother in the UK, Channel 4 has announced that the next season will adopt a format that involves celebrities behind the scenes.

Big Brother: Celebrity Hijack will debut Jan. 3 and feature “an assortment of cheeky celebrities” who will “be helping Big Brother handle a new crop of housemates, each with a special skill,” Channel 4 says on the show’s web site. The celebrities include Joan Rivers, according to Heat.

The cast members are all 18 to 21 years old, and are “some of the most gifted young people from around the country,” including “young scientists, athletes and Mensa members,” BBC News reports. Of course, none of them were smart enough to turn down an offer to appear on the show, so who knows how much of an exaggeration that is.

Big Brother: Celebrity Hijack [Channel 4]
Big Brother – celebrity hijackers revealed! [Heat]
Channel 4 unveils Brother revamp [BBC News]

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.