Emily Maynard will be the next Bachelorette

The Bachelorette 8 will continue the tradition of drawing from the pool of previous seasons’ cast members for its lead and star Emily Maynard, who broke up with Brad Womack last summer after meeting him on The Bachelor 15.

This has been perpetually rumored since last summer, and in late December, tabloid reports said she’d been asked and was close to signing on.

Now, Reality Steve reports that she said yes, and that “they are moving locations for filming for the first time in about 10 seasons” to her hometown of Charlotte, North Carolina. Production begins in March, which is when anyone who lives near there should find the cast in public and take lots of photos, so they can be threatened by ignorant crew members.

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.

about the writer

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.