Bachelorette and AI2 competition angers viewers; AI2 keeps nets away.

Bachelorette and AI2 competition angers viewers; AI2 keeps nets away.
To counter the popular Bachelorette, FOX scheduled American Idol 2 first few episodes a half an hour before the ABC show started. That prompted ABC to push Trista and her gang up a half an hour as well, which is “driving fans crazy,” according to the New York Post. Meanwhile, the three networks now “claim they won’t make any more defensive scheduling moves” against American Idol 2, which they expect to dominate the ratings until it concludes in May, Entertainment Weekly reports. NBC, however, is scheduling a new drama in the slot for May sweeps.

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.