No winners will be on all-star Dancing with the Stars

If Dancing with the Stars has an all-star season this fall, no past winners will be included in the cast.

TV Guide reports that “casting would exclude mirror ball champions.” That’s according to a staff member on the show, who said, “It’s better if the winners don’t come back, because then, we have a cast of people who have another shot at the title.”

Those who are being considered “could conceivably fit the show into their schedules and are all still physically fit enough to compete,” the person said; the list includes Gilles Marini, Mel B., Sabrina Bryan, Kyle Massey, and Mario Lopez, who broke the news when he revealed he’d been asked.

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.