Global Extremes ends today with 8.5 hour live broadcast from Mt. Everest.

Global Extremes ends today with 8.5 hour live broadcast from Mt. Everest.
Outdoor Life Network’s Global Extremes: Mt. Everest will conclude this afternoon with an eight and a half hour live broadcast from Mt. Everest that ends with the finalists reaching the summit, assuming all goes well. Fifty years ago next Thursday, Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay reached the summit; today, the show’s five finalists join many other groups (including climbers from India, China and South Korea, and the US that have already reached the summit) in commemorating that event. OLN’s coverage begins at 3:30 p.m. ET and continues until midnight. The network hoped it would be the first to air live footage from the top, but they were beaten by two Tibetans whose video aired live on China Central Television.

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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