The Bachelor debuts tonight.

The Bachelor debuts tonight.
ABC’s The Bachelor debuts tonight at 8 p.m. ET, following 31-year-old management consultant Alex Michel’s six-episode quest to find a possible bride from a group of 15 women. The San Francisco Chronicle reports that Alex found the process “brutal,” and says that “the women range from the professional…to the downright skanky.” The show is produced by Mike Fleiss, who also created FOX’s fiasco of a special, Who Wants to Marry a Multi-Millonaire. This time, the Chronicle reports, background checks were “exhaustive,” and blood and drug tests were also administered. One critic says the show is “tame, but still detestable” (the Seattle Post-Intelligencer) while another says it “makes a connection with its audience beyond the vicarious thrill” (LA Times).
+ also: ABC casting for The Bachelor II.

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.