Hope fades for something to happen on Big Brother besides Brenchel fighting

I was very, very close to deleting Sunday’s episode of Big Brother mid-episode, as the editors cut between Brendon doing his underbite pout and having the same fake-tears fight with Rachel that those dysfunctional twits always have, and the shameless promotion for the absolutely awful-looking forthcoming reality series Same Name, which David Hasselhoff showed up to promote for a few seconds after an uninspired, uninteresting luxury competition that preceded obvious nominations delivered with the same platitudes.

Twist fail. Editing fail. Product placement fail. Relationship fail. The only way this season or week gets redeemed is if Brendon and Rachel backdoor Jeff and Jordan and shake this thin up. There have been some encouraging reports on Twitter, but I’m not holding my breath that something will happen on Wednesdays and Thursdays episodes, because I enjoy staying conscious.

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.