Real Roseanne Show debuts tonight.

Real Roseanne Show debuts tonight.
The Real Roseanne Show, a 13-episode series following Roseanne Barr as she gets ready to produce a new show for ABC Family, debuts tonight at 9 p.m. ET on synergy-happy ABC. Produced by American High creator R.J. Cutler, the cast includes Roseanne’s “son, Jake, and son-in-law, Jeff, who become her producers; her first ex-husband, Bill, and his current wife, Becky, who work as Roseanne’s personal assistants; Drew, the one writer whom she’s never fired; and her best friend/confidante/makeup artist Shannon.” USA TODAY traces Roseanne’s evolution from confrontation sit-com star who screeched the national anthem at a baseball game to a person who says she’s always “trying to say the good thing” now. Newsday says the show is “real fascinating,” and The Baltimore Sun says it “is still worthy of consideration by viewers interested in show business, television, celebrity and the idea of family,” but The Washington Post‘s Tom Shales doesn’t like it or Roseanne, writing that “beneath all the chiseled flesh lurks the same old overweening, self-obsessed shrew.”

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.