Anna Nicole’s show top E! show; American Idol 8th; Mole 2 climbs.

Anna Nicole’s show top E! show; American Idol 8th; Mole 2 climbs.
Despite horrible reviews, E! is probably very happy with The Anna Nicole Show, because it debuted with 4 million viewers, making it the network’s highest rated series ever and “the top debut for a reality show on basic cable,” according to Reuters. FOX’s American Idol is also doing well, coming in this week eighth in the ratings for last Tuesday’s episode, which was watched by more than 12 million viewers. Despite being opposite that show, The Mole 2 did extremely well, coming in second during its hour with its largest audience yet, 8.19 million viewers. (See below for word about The Mole 3.) Finally, Big Brother 3 landed in 15th place last week.

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.