The Family returns tonight.

The Family returns tonight.
ABC’s The Family returns tonight from a four-month break–it was pulled in March for low ratings/war coverage/whatever excuse will work. The two-hour episode, starting at 9 p.m. ET, will recap the show’s first three episodes, which aired earlier. Then the show’s six remaining episodes will air in its normal time slot on Wednesdays at 10 p.m. ABC chair Lloyd Braun tells the Palm Beach Post, “I don’t think anything went wrong with it. We just scheduled it with too many other reality shows, and it got completely lost in the mix and never got the spotlight I think that show deserves.”

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.