Ryan Seacrest replaces Casey Kasem on AT40, preps new live TV show.

Ryan Seacrest replaces Casey Kasem on AT40, preps new live TV show.
Brian Dunkelman, get out your Ryan Seacrest voodoo doll. The remaining American Idol host is on the verge of even greater success–also know as overexposure, if that’s still possible. A report in The New York Post says Ryan will take over American Top 40 (the contemporary hit radio version) from Casey Kasem next month. A press release out today announced that Kasem has signed a 10-year deal to keep doing the other two American Top 20 shows (did you have any idea there were three?) Thus, we’ll still be saddled with 10 more years of those awful melodramatic request and dedications in between our Christina and Justin. Additionally, Ryan is prepping his new one-hour live variety/news/whatever show On Air with Ryan Seacrest. Studio audience tickets are currently available; the show debuts Jan. 12, one week before the new Jan. 19 premiere date of American Idol 3. The show will debut a day early because of the State of the Union address.

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.