18.6 million watched Joe Millionaire debut, 42 percent were men; Bachelor producer comments about similarities.

18.6 million watched Joe Millionaire debut, 42 percent were men; Bachelor producer comments about similarities.
Nearly 19 million people watched the Monday debut of Joe Millionaire, including 13 million people ages 18 to 49–and almost half of those viewers were men. Although it lost its hour to Everybody Loves Raymond, FOX’s Gail Berman says she “was shocked.” Also, except for the whole lying-about-the-inheritance thing, Joe Millionaire seems a lot like The Bachelor, and the ABC show’s producer Mike Fleiss agrees, saying the show is “a pretty inventive swipe at us.” He tells the Chicago Sun-Times, “I would probably do the same thing if I were in [Fox’s] shoes, and so I can’t get too [ticked].”
+ also: one of the women says the $50 million “sounded kind of far-fetched and hokey.”

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.