CW picks up DC-set and maybe fake Blonde Charity Mafia

Blonde Charity Mafia, a docudrama originally ordered by Lifetime last August that follows socialites, Katherine Kennedy, Krista Johnson, and Sophie Pyle, will air this summer on The CW. Besides switching networks, the show has also changed producers, from PB&J Television, which was producing the show for Lifetime, to Capital Hills Productions and two producers whose notable previous experience is the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Model Search.

Its six half-hour episodes–not many–debut in July and The CW calls it “a docu-series about the lives of Washington, D.C.’s most influential 20-something Alpha Girls” who run “events [that] are the hottest ticket in town, and everyone vies for an invitation from Congressmen to Hill staffers.”

It isn’t trying too hard to distance itself from inevitable comparisons to The Hills. Last month, The Washington Post’s Reliable Source column “obtained script pages from a recent shoot” that included both “talking points” and “lines of dialogue.” FishbowlDC later published excerpts from those scripts.

The CW Announces Two Reality Series Premieres… [CW press release]
To Keep It Real in D.C., They’re Sticking to the Script [Washington Post]
Cool. Duh. Cute. Crap. The Script from BCM – Leaked! [FishbowlDC]

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.