ABC will announce cast of Dancing with the Stars 8 during prime-time Sunday

If you want to be first to know the actual cast of Dancing with the Stars 8, you’ll have to sit through ABC’s three hours of prime-time programming Sunday night–or constantly press “reload” on abc.com.

The network announced today that they’ll announce the new cast Sunday from 8 to 11 p.m. ET, in something they’re calling the “All Night Name Drop.” Tom Bergeron (what! no Samantha Harris?!) will appear “in interstitials throughout ABC’s primetime schedule,” ABC said. That includes Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, Desperate Housewives, and Brothers & Sisters.

If suffering through those shows is too much, the network said that “[i]Immediately following each cast member’s unveiling during primetime, ABC.com will post the updated list online.” And at least they’re not making us watch Good Morning America again.

ABC to Announce the New Cast of “Dancing with the Stars”… [ABC press release]

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.