Big Brother is probably coming back.

Big Brother is probably coming back.
Proof that there is no higher power, Big Brother will likely be renewed, the New York Times reports today. With much of the blame for the show’s crappiness falling on Endemol, the production company, the Times says “CBS will want more hands-on control of future versions of the show.” A new season could come as soon as February. Also, the NYT reveals that on Friday’s finale, Julie Chen will announce the third place winner, and then enter the house, where she’ll talk to the final two contestants before telling them who wins. Then Julie will stay in the house to try to locate her career, which was hidden by the sab-a-twah. (New York Times story requires free registration.)

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.