The Restaurant debuts Sunday.

The Restaurant debuts Sunday.
On Sunday, NBC debuts Mark Burnett’s The Restaurant at 10 p.m. ET, chronicling for six hours the opening and day-to-day operations of Rocco DiSpirito’s Rocco’s on 22nd restaurant in New York City. Mark Burnett describes the show as “a nighttime soap opera about the people trying to open a restaurant in record time.” The Chicago-Sun Times’ review says the show doesn’t pick up “until the second hour,” while the New York Daily News says “the show feels closer to reality than most shows given that genre title.”
+ also: Rocco “grew up ashamed to be Italian-American.”

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.