Bravo renews Cirque du Soleil series.

Bravo renews Cirque du Soleil series.
Bravos has renewed its Cirque du Soleil reality series, which recently won two Canadian Gemini awards. The new season, called Cirque du Soleil: Solstrom, “encompasses classic Cirque du Soleil acts with amazing new performances,” a Bravo press release says. That seems to imply that it won’t follow the same show development format as last season. The series begins airing in Canada Nov. 30 on CBC, but Bravo has yet to announce an air date in the US. A CBC press release says that “in every episode, viewers enter a world laced with elements from situation comedy, burlesque theatre, acts from Cirque du Soleil’s many live shows and special circus performances.”

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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