Ben Flajnik will be The Bachelor 16’s star, ABC confirms

Today, ABC confirmed reports from last month that The Bachelorette reject Ben Flajnik has been cast as the star of The Bachelor 16.

The network said that we “shared the heartbreak” he felt “when his soulful and heartfelt proposal was rejected by Ashley Hebert.” That sentence is more interesting than her whole season, but I digress.

The press release calls him “a rare, modern Renaissance man” because he likes to go crab fishing and plays piano, among other things, and says that he “is ready to put all the disappointment and hurt behind him in order to move on with his life” and that his “easy going charm and sense of humor made him so popular and relatable to viewers.”

The new season debuts next January.

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.