even more “integrated marketing” planned for American Idol 2.

even more “integrated marketing” planned for American Idol 2.
If you don’t drink Coca-Cola products, drive a Ford, and use AT&T Wireless after watching American Idol 2, some marketers are going to be very very sad. You’ll be seeing a lot of all three “exclusive presenting sponsors” when the show debuts Jan. 21. Joining Ford car commercials and Coca-Cola’s redrum–I mean, “Red Room”–will be the “Ford Focus Room, where contestants share their feelings with viewers before and after auditions,” Electronic Media reports. Other things to look forward to: “Coke-Behind-the-Scenes,” “haircolor, haircare products and guidance as well as makeovers” from Clairol Herbal Essences, and “a show-related ‘special opportunity'” from Old Navy. Oh, and maybe some people will sing and Simon will screech and Paula will praise, if there’s time between all of the ads.

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.