reality TV show ratings down; some shows won’t return for second seasons.

reality TV show ratings down; some shows won’t return for second seasons.
Big Brother 2‘s ratings may have been outstanding, but as Variety reports, other new shows aren’t doing so well. The Mole 2‘s debut finished in fourth place in its time slot on Friday and The Amazing Race has lost viewers since its debut. Also, Lost‘s Wednesday finale for its first story arc may be the show’s final episode; the network will probably shelve the next three episodes. Meanwhile, Entertainment Weekly reports in their Oct. 5 issue that FOX’s Murder in Small Town X and Boot Camp both won’t return for second seasons, although Big Brother 3 is being considered, and NBC’s Fear Factor will definitely be back. What does it mean? Executives interviewed by Variety disagree; one possiblity is that the schedule is just oversaturated, spreading audiences too thin.

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.

about the writer

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.