viewers pick Last Comic Standing tonight; NBC limiting number of calls.

viewers pick Last Comic Standing tonight; NBC limiting number of calls.
After tonight’s episode, viewers will vote to select the person who will truly be the Last Comic Standing. Five finalists remain: Dat, Cory, Rich, Ralphie, and Tess. (Gannett profiles the final five in greater detail.) Each will perform for five minutes from Paris in Las Vegas. Viewers can then vote online or by phone until one hour after the show ends; the number is 1-866-VOTE4, with 01 to 05 added to the end to specify a contestant. According to their press release about the episode, NBC is limiting the number of calls to three from each phone number. The winner will be announced on next week’s two-hour finale.

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.

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.