What if Big Brother’s only non-white cast member turns out to be the saboteur?

Looking at the Big Brother 12 cast, you’d think that this season’s twist is to have the whitest, least racially diverse cast ever, because there’s apparently only one non-white person. And as we learned yesterday, one cast member will be a secret saboteur/mole/America’s Player, and if the producers selected Monet for that job, that will be awkward, to say the least.

And why is the cast so white? Sure, there are other kinds of diversity, and there is some religious diversity this season, but America isn’t nearly all white like this cast is. How the hell is it 2010 and we still can’t cast a reality series to be at least a little reflective of the people who will be watching it?

An afterthought: Perhaps the cast isn’t diverse to cut down on the inevitable racism and bigotry, so the producers don’t have to sanitize and erase racism like they have in the past?

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.