NBC will search for Funniest Person in America to star in a sitcom.

NBC will search for Funniest Person in America to star in a sitcom.
After announcing plans to air a show searching for The Next Action Star, NBC says they are launching a show that will search for The Funniest Person in America. Produced and hosted by Jay Mohr, the show will “follow [10 comedians] as they live together in a house and compete for the ultimate prize–a primetime development deal with the network.” The eight-episode show will air next spring or summer.
+ plus: Australia’s Nine searching for six men for “a Manpower-style male revue troupe.”

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.