Anderson Cooper finds a way to make Toddlers & Tiaras even creepier

The kids and parents who appear on TLC’s Toddlers & Tiaras are disturbing enough, but former The Mole host Anderson Cooper has found a way to make them even more creepy: by dressing up the moms just like their daughters.

They’ll receive makeovers as part of his daytime talk show Friday, and at first that seemed like a way to just validate and celebrate this insanity. But a preview of the episode highlights how painful some of those modifications are, like weaves and corsets, so if they’re doing it to torture the parents, I’m okay with that.

The results are, of course, horrifying. Be forewarned: Honey Boo Boo’s mom June is, well–sometimes, you just need to look at the photo.

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.