The Amazing Race 4 debuts tonight.

The Amazing Race 4 debuts tonight.
Twelve teams of two begin their race around the world for $1 million as The Amazing Race 4 debuts tonight at 8 p.m. ET with a 90-minute premiere. For the first time, the show won’t be up against heavy time-slot competition as it takes over Survivor‘s position, airing opposite repeats on NBC. The show’s creator and producer, Bertram van Munster, talks to TV Guide about the show, discussing the race’s logistics (each location takes two weeks to prep) and why it took so long for this season to air (“I have no control over the programming of the show”). The Star Ledger discusses the show’s evolution, saying it’s “an even better drama than it is a travelogue.” Critics have mixed reactions to the new season: The St. Louis Post says it’s “breathlessly exciting” while The Beacon Journal says the show “seems a bit more gimmicky than its predecessors.”

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.