third Osbournes season debuts tonight.

third Osbournes season debuts tonight.
The third (or fourth, depending how you count) season of The Osbournes debuts tonight, and it’s the series’ final season. Maybe; we’ve certainly heard that before. The fifth of five new episodes (out of 20 that will ultimately air) will focus on Ozzy’s ATV accident, according to USA TODAY. The new season gives Virginia Heffernan something to write about, but then again, what doesn’t give Virginia Heffernan something to write about? Today Virginia devotes four of seven paragraphs (one of which ends with “Hee hee”) to the family’s dogs, which occupy the beginning of the first episode. She quotes an MTV publicist who says “Dogs drop like flies around that house. So they have 13. Tomorrow they might have like four.” Earlier, Virginia writes, “Someone at MTV must think these dog sequences are surpassingly rich.” Apparently, so does someone at the New York Times.

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.