ABC’s The Family debuts tonight.

ABC’s The Family debuts tonight.
Not to be confused with the network of nearly the same name, ABC’s The Family is a nine-episode reality TV series debuting tonight at 10 p.m. ET. In it, 10 extended family members compete for $1 million while living in a Palm Beach mansion. hosted by George Hamilton, the series features two twists: the jury who will boot a family member each week is unknown to the family members, who have to stay in the house and on the show after they’re kicked. The jury is actually composed of the house’s servants, who do plenty of on-camera snarking about the family members. USA TODAY says the show “is a tacky debacle that, like so many ABC efforts, comes across as a secondhand knockoff of another, better idea,” and the Baltimore Sun agrees, saying it “tries to be too many things and too clever for its own good.”

The Sing-Off loses its star

Ben Folds

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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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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.