the (first) 12 days of Ryan Seacrest.

the (first) 12 days of Ryan Seacrest.
Ryan Seacrest has begun his 12-day invasion of your media space. This past weekend, Ryan took over the mike from Casey Kasem on American Top 40. It’s web site has already excised Casey and has added bitchy comments about Ryan, saying FOX has a “master plan to have Ryan on TV 24 hours a day.” Lest you think there’s no good to come from Ryan getting even more air time, a Q&A with the Times reveals that the “request and dedication” segment is leaving the show, to be replaced by interviews and performances. Today, his daily, hour-long entertainment show On Air with Ryan Seacrest debuts (check local listings for air times). Next week, of course, is the three-evening debut of American Idol 3, hosted by none other than Brian Dunkleman. I mean, Ryan Seacrest.

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.

about the writer

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.