Are actors “upset that we no longer blindly celebrate actors as the sole basis of our evening entertainment”?

Will & Grace actor Eric McCormack recently wrote to the official Academy of Television Arts & Sciences magazine in response to a cover featuring The Real Housewives, “Usually when I pass my Emmy on the mantle, it gives me a warm feeling, makes me think about what I’ve achieved in this business. But today? It just … kinda looks like a joke.” That was reproduced in a New York Times story and, in a letter responding to that comment, Robin Chung makes a brilliant argument in a letter to that paper that really should permanently shut up actors who bitch about reality television taking jobs away from them. Chung writes:

“At what point did actors and writers decide they were the most important part of a show? True, they’re important — as important as the editors, lighting designers, camera crew, creators, producers, etc. Yes, there’s an extensive list of other talented and hard-working people who create a show besides those we see on screen (who, incidentally, need work as much as Mr. McCormack does). Perhaps he’s upset that we no longer blindly celebrate actors as the sole basis of our evening entertainment.”

Ratings for ‘Idol’ Don’t Translate Into Emmys Glory and ‘American Idol': Actors’ New Reality [New York 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.

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.