Amazing Race producers casting Catch Me (a TAR knock-off?) for ABC

The producers of The Amazing Race are casting for a pilot of a new ABC reality series that sounds like a knock-off of The Amazing Race with a little bit of The Mole thrown in.

The show, Catch Me, is described as a “heart stopping reality competition” and it “is currently searching for outgoing, dynamic teams of two who live in the Chicago Area” and “have an adventurous streak and a good poker face,” according to ABC’s web site. It’s executive produced by Bertram van Munster and Elise Doganieri along with Jerry Bruckheimer.

Joe Adalian reports that “ABC chief Steve McPherson developed ‘Race’ when he ran Touchstone Television (now ABC Studios)” and has “wanted to develop a new reality hit with the same team ever since.”

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.

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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.