reality TV’s success may lead to “end to the traditional television season.”

reality TV’s success may lead to “end to the traditional television season.”
The latest round of successful reality TV shows–from Joe Millionaire to American Idol 2–“will drastically alter the economics of the business itself,” the New York Times reports. Among the changes that could be precipitated by reality TV’s success: “an end to the traditional television season,” including no repeats, no May-Sept. hiatus, and not as many scripted shows. Part of the reason for possible changes: the shows’ popularity with younger viewers, who advertise chase after and who will be tomorrow’s older audiences.
+ also: “more people than ever are clamoring to get on reality TV.”

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.