Chad Ochocinco will date on VH1

Despite casting two actual murderers as potential soulmates for its talent, VH1 is moving forward with its string of dating series, enlisting Cincinnati Bengals player Chad Ochocinco to front his own show produced by 51 Minds Entertainment, the same people behind VH1’s other dating series.

On the show, which will debut in July and is tentatively titled The Tournament, he “will follow a tournament bracket where each of the ladies will have an opportunity to spend quality time with him while also facing off against one another in double-dates. The winner of each dating face-off will receive a game ball from Ocho Cinco and move on to the next round of the tournament, while the loser goes home,” according to the network.

Ochocinco seems to be rebranding himself as a reality star, as before he goes on to VH1, he will compete on ABC’s Dancing with the Stars, which has yet to cast any murderers in its desperation for ratings.

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.