Are You Hot? debuts tonight.

Are You Hot? debuts tonight.
Are You Hot?, ABC’s Idol-like “search for America’s sexiest people” debuts tonight. Proving once again their programming genius, the wizards at ABC scheduled the two-hour premiere opposite the 90-minute debut of Survivor Amazon. Even better, it’ll rerun on ABC Family Monday night at 9 p.m.–opposite the conclusion of Joe Millionaire. The show features a celebrity panel who will judge the hot-or-not bodies: Rachel Hunter, Randolph Duke, and Lorenzo Lamas. Viewers will vote online to narrow the pool of semi-finalists down to just one man and one woman over the course of the six-episode series. The New York Times says the show “is certainly not sexist; women and men alike are judged by the size of their breasts.”

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.