Big Brother 4, Paradise Hotel do well; ABC bombs with reality yet again.

Big Brother 4, Paradise Hotel do well; ABC bombs with reality yet again.
Paradise Hotel‘s 6.8 million viewers led FOX to a win in the 18 to 49 demographic category on Wednesday night, while Big Brother 4‘s 9.8 million viewers helped that network win with more overall viewers overall. There wasn’t much rejoicing at ABC, though, where the second episode of The Real Roseanne didn’t do very well, and where the return of The Family did even worse; together they “kept the network in last place for the night,” according to the Hollywood Reporter. Roseanne’s ABC Family show is on hold while she has a hysterectomy next week, which an assistant told the AP is not “life-threatening.” The ABC reality show has already concluded filming so it will not be affected.

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.