Alex McLeod replaced as “host” of Joe Millionaire, who is a rodeo cowboy.

Alex McLeod replaced as “host” of Joe Millionaire, who is a rodeo cowboy.
Former Trading Spaces host Alex McLeod is now also the former host of Joe Millionaire. Actress Samantha Harris is filling that role, The Boston Globe reports (mid-column); it doesn’t mention whether she’ll get more screen time than Alex did. Meanwhile, the Next Joe Millionaire “is David Smith, 24, a rodeo cowboy from Texas who currently earns only $11,000 a year,” FOX has confirmed. The network says it “had no choice but to search the globe to find the most beautiful, albeit clueless, women on the lookout for ‘Mr. Price-is-Right,'” although it gives no information about those women, other than that they think David is worth $80 million. The press release suggests their “are the other twists and turns the series will take.”

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.