Big Brother 4 season extended by two episodes and will conclude Sept. 24.

Big Brother 4 season extended by two episodes and will conclude Sept. 24.
Rather than air the finale of Big Brother 4 opposite the debut of Survivor Pearl Islands, CBS has ordered two more episodes of the show, pushing its finale back to Sept. 24, the same evening that ABC debuts The Bachelor 4. Six house guests currently remain. Last week, the show revealed its latest twist, which involved allowing the house guests to bid on “how many weeks they would be willing to inflict a peanut butter and jelly diet on the entire” group; the winner bid the most number of weeks. As Jam! Showbiz reports, “Fans who have leveled harsh criticism at CBS and the show’s producers Arnold Shapiro and Allison Grodner for the lack of big money prizes and imaginative surprises this year, were swift in condemning the ‘twist’ as an absolute letdown.”

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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