Nashville Star debut reairs tonight.

Nashville Star debut reairs tonight.
USA Network’s foray into talent search reality TV shows began Saturday (oops!) as Nashville Star debuted in its Saturday at 9 p.m. ET time slot. The first episode repeats tonight at 10 p.m. (and at other times, as do later episodes). At the end of nine episodes, during which the judges and viewers will eliminate most of the 12 finalists, the winner will be awarded a contract with Sony Music Nashville; his or her first CD will be produced by Clint Black. About 8,000 applied for the show, according to the AP.

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.