Biggest Loser reveals trainers Brett and Cara as Dan and Don gain weight

The Biggest Loser finally revealed the identities of its mystery trainers last night, Cara and Brett, who were not a mystery at all, especially because Jillian Michaels said their names in an interview. Jillian is quitting the series after this season.

Meanwhile, the show didn’t quite live up to its name–or did, depending upon your definition of “loser”–as its competition element encouraged two contestants, as twin contestants Dan and Don gained nine pounds so Dan could go home.

Because I didn’t have 31 hours free last night, I didn’t watch, but Ree Hines recaps the episode and quotes Bob Harper, who said he “was so offended” by the weight gain, as if it hasn’t happened before. Thankfully, he’s not offended by shameless, relentless product placement.

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.