An animated preview of Jersey Shore in Italy, drunk Canadians in the Bahamas

Next Media Animation has released an animated news story that previews what might happen when the Jersey Shore cast goes to Italy, and it’s pretty hilarious. Two words: coliseum tigers. Meanwhile, check out the teaser trailer for a reality series that follows three Canadian friends on vacation in The Bahamas, which is described as “Entourage meets The Hangover,” but is more like a vacation episode of The Real World.

First, here’s Next Media Animation’s look at MTV’s decision to send Jersey Shore to Italy, a video that includes digital versions of the Sistine Chapel, Venice, and the cast members.

And here is the teaser trailer for The Boys of Paradise, which isn’t quite as strange as the hilarious trailer for the Canadian Jersey Shore. It follows Darren Giroux, Craig Collins, and Andrew Goss on vacation in the Bahamas. While this is probably the last show I’d actually watch, considering it highlights drinking, partying, fighting, and puking, it is gorgeously shot. The lighting and and composition of each frame just looks fantastic, even when someone is, say, hurling into a toilet.

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.