If I Can Dream now live, follows five people who dreamed of being watched 24/7 online

Idol creator Simon Fuller’s latest series, If I Can Dream, starts today, but it’s only online, both in edited episodes and 24/7 streaming. It follows five people who live in Hollywood and are pursuing their dreams to be famous, followed on social networking, and watched 24/7 by cameras. Or, you know, become performers of some kind.

They’re moving into their house right now (7 p.m. ET), and you can select which room in the house to watch live, using an impressively slick interface that has much clearer video than Big Brother offers (and as a bonus, there are no challenges involving, say, ejaculating spider webs, either).

You can also follow them via the requisite social network sites. In the future, viewers can audition to move to Hollywood and have their lives taped–oh, and pursue their dreams.

Episodes will be on Hulu, and this is the first one, which is titled “The Journey to Hollywood Special” (hmm, that sounds familiar):

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.