Time-lapse footage of Big Brother’s veto competition being constructed

Big Brother 14 has gotten more “social” this season, and that has given us a behind-the-scenes video about the construction of last night’s veto challenge.

It’s too brief and not very detailed, and is narrated by the show’s “Social Insider,” who reads off of cue cards and really should not. It also failed to mention that a Mexican food-themed competition would be turned into a bunch of stereotypes by the contestants.

But it’s still interesting to watch the back yard space be transformed for the competition. I hope CBS produces more of this, but with more detail (like the behind-the-scenes of Survivor videos we’ve gotten in previous seasons).

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.