American Idol 2 down to 32; FOX angry about CBS Star Search ad.

American Idol 2 down to 32; FOX angry about CBS Star Search ad.
Simon, Paula, and Randy narrowed the American Idol 2 field dramatically to 32 semi-finalists who will begin performing next week in groups of eight. Viewers, like last year, will vote for the contestants they want to keep. Those eight people will join two wild cards selected by the judges, who are now otherwise relegated to making comments. The semi-final rounds start next Tuesday as the show settles into its 8 p.m. ET time slot, with the booted contestants revealed on the following night, Wednesday at 8:30 p.m. ET. Also, producers of American Idol are pissed off over CBS’ usage of a new ad that looks and feels a lot like one for their show. They’ve demanded CBS cease and desist airing an ad for Star Search that asks “Who will be ‘The Next American Teen Idol’?” and “adopts the neon-blue colors and script-letters of the ‘Idol’ logo,” the New York Post reports.

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.