third season of Making the Band debuts Saturday on MTV.

third season of Making the Band debuts Saturday–on MTV.
ABC may have given up on O-Town, but MTV is picking up the slack, airing the third season of Making the Band starting Saturday at 9 p.m. ET, the show’s new time slot. This season follows the group on tour with Britney Spears. Entertainment Weekly’s Dalton Ross has this to say about the new season: “In [Saturday’s] season premiere, perma-pill Jacob … manages to dis everything, from the chance to open for Britney (‘I really don’t want to open up for anybody’) to the band’s new choreography (‘It’s not working!’), to being nominated for a Radio Music award (‘I would much rather rehearse over an awards show any day’). If we were him, all we’d be complaining about is our lame white-boy dreds.”

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.