Rob and Amber Mariano had a baby

Rob and Amber Mariano have squeezed out something else from their 15 minutes of fame, and not another reality show: Her name is Lucia Rose. Their daughter was born July 4, nearly a month ago, so clearly this isn’t just a publicity stunt. Rob told People, “She is a perfect baby and we could not have asked for anything more. We are over the moon with happiness at her arrival!”

Rob and Amber got engaged at the end of Survivor All Stars before appearing on The Amazing Race 7 and The Amazing Race All Stars and their own awful Fox Reality series, and contribute to Survivor‘s track record of having produced more lasting relationships than another prime-time network reality series, The Bachelor.

Survivor & Amazing Race’s Rob and Amber Become Parents [People]

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.