Freshman Diaries debuts Sunday.

Freshman Diaries debuts Sunday.

American High producer RJ Cutler turns his cameras on a group of kids once again, but this time, they’re in college, and on cable. Showtime’s 10-episode Freshman Diaries, which debuts Sunday at 9:30 p.m. ET and repeats at 11 and often after that, follows 16 first-year students at the University of Texas in Austin, and also includes footage shot by the students themselves. The San Francisco Chronicle says it “isn’t an automatic groan-fest” and even “manages to feel quaint.” The New York Times says it “is edited to highlight drinking, parties, sex, angst and more drinking” and “is a useful reminder of how television–and in this generation, reality television–has homogenized American culture.”

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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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.