ad package rate for American Idol 2 “highest [ever] for any reality show.”

ad package rate for American Idol 2 “highest [ever] for any reality show.”
Advertisers who want their product whored left and right on American Idol 2 will pay more than any advertiser has in history for a similar package on a reality TV show. FOX will charge $26 million for “an integrated marketing package,” more than doubling the amount charged by Survivor for similar product placement, according to Ad Age. Both Coca-Cola and Ford will return as advertisers for season two, but won’t pay the full price because they participated in the first season; FOX is currently seeking a third major sponsor.

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.