FOX planning junior American Idol.

FOX planning junior American Idol.
Planned American Idol spin-offs include Second Chance Idol, featuring has-been stars, and World Idol, a competition between winners from the shows all around the world. Now, FOX has announced plans to produce a version of the show featuring kids ages 6 to 12. The show won’t be a direct clone; Variety reports that “producer Simon Fuller has talked about using a talent competition format to launch a kiddie band dubbed ‘The AJs’ (American Juniors), and industry insiders said it’s very likely the new Fox project will follow that pattern.” It will air this summer.
+ plus: NBC plans America’s Most Talented Senior contest.

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.