shows announce Jan., Feb. debuts.

shows announce Jan., Feb. debuts.
Get ready to spend the beginning of next year firmly planted on your ass: A bunch of shows have announced their January (and early February) premiere dates. The month will start off with the crowning of the World Idol on Jan. 1. In the middle of January, America’s Next Top Model returns on the Tuesday the 13th at 9 p.m. ET. The next day, both Celebrity Mole Yucatan and The Bachelorette 2 will debut on Jan. 14. The following week, American Idol 3 will debut Survivor All-Stars will debut Feb. 1, immediately after the Super Bowl, just like Survivor Australia did two years ago. As CBS reminds us, that was “the second highest rated and most watched post Super Bowl program since the advent of people meters.” CBS also says the winner will receive $1 million; none of that charity crap for these past players.

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.