rumor: Idol may be next Super Bowl halftime show; copycats abound overseas.

rumor: Idol may be next Super Bowl halftime show; copycats abound overseas.
Next year’s Super Bowl, airing on FOX, could feature American Idol stars as the halftime show. Although the NFL says such speculation is “beyond premature,” the New York Post reports “the idea of an ‘Idol’ halftime show seems like a slam dunk.” And USA TODAY ‘s Rudy Martzke reported last week that Fox Sports Chairman David “Hill said Fox might suggest a halftime show involving all the winners of the network’s top-rated American Idol show.” “Might suggest”–that sounds pretty definitive to me. Overseas, copycats of reality shows abound, including an Idol rip-off in Thailand. But “networks are slowly choosing big brand backup over homegrown imitations,” Variety reports.
+ also: Simon says Simpsons appearance was “the best thing I’ve ever been asked to do.”

Review: Married at First Sight

Marriage At First Sight

In an era of Tinder and Grindr, instant acceptance or dismissal of a potential partner, or instant sex with another body, Married at First Sight offers the thrill of watching strangers deal with the very basics of relationships.

Beyond the headline-grabbing premise, the series has turned out to be a stripped-down, authentic exploration of something very interesting. Read the full review.

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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.