How Capture created its own game system, network

One of the questions I had about production of The CW’s Capture–how exactly the tracking and game technology works, especially the screens on the contestants’ wrists–has been answered by an informative, behind-the-scenes feature.

In it, the show’s game technology producer, Matt Lewis, says “the technology you see in the show wasn’t fake for TV, it was all real.” He talks about the wireless network they created in the wilderness (where there was no power) and the technology the players wear, including their wrist screen/phone (a “customized Android device”) that connects them to the producers via software they created.

That’s visible in the video below, as are other behind-the-scenes things, like wireless routers strapped to trees and makeshift cell phone towers.

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.