All American Girl debuts tonight.

All American Girl debuts tonight.
The producers of American Idol turn their attention to young women tonight at 9 p.m. ET as ABC debuts All American Girl, a sort of reality TV Miss America pageant. Instead of singers there are women; instead of judges there are coaches; instead of product placement there is, well, even more product placement. The 13-week series will include audience votes that result in the elimination of finalists; the winner will be awarded a management contract. The show, by the way, shares its name with a cancelled ABC sitcom that starred Margaret Cho, who jokes, “They’re bringing back my show?”

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.

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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.