Gary Coleman dies; guest starred on an episode of The Surreal Life 2

Diff’rent Strokes star Gary Coleman, who appeared in an episode of The Surreal Life 2 in 2004, has died at 42. He was in a coma after suffering a brain hemorrhage after a fall Wednesday at his house. People has a full obituary.

Gary guest starred in an episode on The WB reality series, when the cast ran Mel’s Drive-In and Gary served as the manager. He fired Vanilla Ice for, among other things, picking him up and threatening to throw him in the deep fryer, and for demanding Gary say, “What’choo talkin’ ’bout, Willis?”

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.