Lou Diamond Phillips, Patti Blagojevich join I’m a Celebrity cast

NBC’s I’m a Celebrity … Get Me Out of Here has its first actual celebrity cast member: Lou Diamond Phillips. The first seven cast members announced are all former reality show stars, and few are known for anything but their reality TV appearances.

Phillips has most recently appeared Friday on CBS’ Numb3rs, where he returns as a guest star occasionally, and on many other TV shows, but he may be best known for his early work when he appeared in films such as La Bamba and Young Guns.

Meanwhile, while Rod Blagojevich was barred from participating, his wife, Patti Blagojevich, has been offered a spot on the cast and will apparently accept it. “It appears she’s going to do it,” Sheldon Sorosky, Rod Blagojevich’s lawyer told the Chicago Sun-Times.

When that cast was announced April 24, NBC promised to reveal three more cast members and the show’s host the following week; now it’s past mid-May, and the show starts in just a few weeks. I have no idea why they might be having issues finding high-profile contestants when producers can point out that Heidi and Spencer Pratt are participating.

Patti Blagojevich expected to star in reality show [Chicago Sun-Times]

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.