next House show: singles will search for love in Jane Austen’s time.

next House show: singles will search for love in Jane Austen’s time.
The UK’s Channel 4 is planning a new historical immersion reality TV show that will place participants in 1811, the Regency period of English history that was captured in Jane Austen’s novels and populated by people including Lord Byron and Napoleon. In an apparent departure from Manor House, which is now airing on PBS and was known as Edwardian Country House in the UK, the show will primarily be open to unattached singles under 35 who will spend three months this summer “looking for the perfect partner in a sumptuous 18th century stately home.” Applications are being accepted for gentlemen and ladies, and for chaperones who will accompany the women. The show is also looking for a dandy. No word on an airdate or whether or not the show will also air on PBS.

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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