NBC’s Fame debuts tonight.

NBC’s Fame debuts tonight.
A week after the conclusion of American Idol, NBC is debuting its talent-search reality TV show, called Fame, at 8 p.m. ET tonight. Like the film and TV series with the same name, it involves Debbie Allen. The 10-episode show “will chronicle Allen’s attempts to recruit multi-talented performers (ages 16 and up) from across the country, followed by an intense ‘boot camp’ drill by Allen.” Later, viewers will be able to vote for finalists; the winner gets “recording and management contracts, agent representation and a year at the Debbie Allen Dance Academy.” The series is hosted by ‘NSync’s Joey Fatone, and is produced by Stone Stanley, who produced Popstars and The Mole.

The Sing-Off loses its star

Ben Folds

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A film director talks about becoming a reality TV character

Anna Martemucci

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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.