MTV exec says Idol shows killing music; Clay about to go platinum.

MTV exec says Idol shows killing music; Clay about to go platinum.
MTV Europe’s president said that Idol-type shows “make good TV but from a musical point of view, they do not have any value,” The Sydney Morning Herald reports. Brent Hansen criticizes “disposable and ephemeral” music and says “I totally believe they have devalued us, taken us back to light entertainment and voyeurism.” Ah yes, and MTV has nothing to do with light entertainment and voyeurism. Nothing. At. All. Meanwhile, in the land of Idol shows hurting the music biz, Clay Aiken’s Measure of a Man is about to go platinum, although it dropped to third place on Billboard’s chart, a thousand copies from first place.

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.