A new way to stalk the Big Brother hamsters

The Big Brother 16 cast members were given product placement yesterday in the form of fitness trackers, and now you can see just how many steps they’ve taken, miles they’ve traveled, and calories burned. Because it’s good to know that Zach is leading the house in number of steps taken (4,690 yesterday).

A CBS press release, which notes that Fitbit Flex™ Wireless Activity Tracking Wristbands are provided by Fitbit, says we can track “their physical data, including weight, number of steps taken, miles traveled, calories burned and active minutes.”

So far, the activity tracker page–which is not in real-time, alas–only shows steps taken, miles traveled, and calories burned; active minutes shows 0 for everyone, perhaps because something catastrophic happened. Or the technology isn’t working 100 percent yet.

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.