Bachelor Pad cast announced; includes “super fans”

ABC has announced the cast of The Bachelor Pad, the men and women who’ve already embarrassed themselves on The Bachelor and The Bachelorette and want to get some cash and/or making out of the franchise.

The third-season cast includes Ben Flajnik reject/winner Lindzi Cox, Blakely Jones (of course), double reject Reid Rosenthal, Jillian Harris ex Ed Swiderski, and previous Bachelor Pad winner Michael Stagliano.

This season, there are “super fan” contestants in the mix, kind of like MTV’s Challenge started to bring in “fresh meat.” They include 22-year-old twins from Gainesville, Brittany and Erica Taltos; a Bachelorette recapper (!); a “good ole’ country boy from Georgia” who’s also a SWAT team member; and an MMA fighter with the nickname “Kamikaze.”

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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