Bachelor finalists revealed, maybe

The Bachelor creator Mike Fleiss revealed, probably, five finalists for the title spot on the show’s 17th season: recent Bachelorette cast members Arie Luyendyk, Jr., Sean Lowe, and Ryan Bowers; Roberto Martinez, who has been long-rumored to be cast; and Tim Tebow.

Tebow’s inclusion is suspect, and Fleiss also listed “the singer from Free Credit Report band,” which is either a joke or brilliant or an illustration that he’s just playing around. Whether all of this is bullshit or not, he insists no one has been chosen yet, and producers are listening to fans.

Fleiss added that there are “a couple guys you’ve never heard of…” That’s perhaps the biggest news for a show that continues to draw from its own pool of talent (cough, cough) to find its stars.

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.