Mark Burnett will follow reopening of Las Vegas’ Golden Nugget for Casino.

Mark Burnett will follow reopening of Las Vegas’ Golden Nugget for Casino.
Mark Burnett is heading to Las Vegas to film his next series, The Casino, which was initially rumored to be replacing The Restaurant. FOX’s The Casino “will follow the day-to-day doings of Thomas Breitling and Timothy Poster, two young entrepreneurs who became multimillionaires after selling their Web startup Travelscape to Expedia in 2000 and decided to sink their winnings into buying and renovating” the Golden Nugget, a famous and historic downtown casino. “[T]he casino’s 3,000 pit bosses, cocktail waitresses, entertainers, security guards and other employees” will also be featured in the show. 13 episodes of the show will start airing on FOX next summer. E! Online also reports that Burnett’s show The Apprentice, which follows 20 people competing to run one of Donald Trump’s businesses, will debut Jan. 8.

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.