contestant: “I’m…in the hands of these editors…And that scares me to death.”

contestant: “I’m…in the hands of these editors…And that scares me to death.”
USA Network’s Nashville Star starts with live shows Saturday at 9 p.m. ET as the 12 finalists sing “Nashville classics” and prepare to possibly be eliminated by viewer votes. Finalist Travis Howard tells the AP that he’s more nervous because “I’m completely in the hands of these editors. … And that scares me to death.” The AP also talks to the show’s executive producer, George Verschoor, who directed and produced the first seasons of The Real World and produced Murder in Small Town X.

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.