E! cancels Anna Nicole Show, then picks up shows starring Anna Nicole.

E! cancels Anna Nicole Show, then picks up shows starring Anna Nicole.
E! has cancelled The Anna Nicole Show, sort of. The show, which aired for two seasons but has been up in the air for more than half a year, won’t return as a regular series. E! has, however, agreed to air a series of reality-based specials about Anna Nicole, because someone there apparently forgot that they just fired her. Anna Nicole Bares All debuts Feb. 22 and “follow Smith as she prepares for her first runway job in years for New York’s Fashion Week,” Variety reports. E!’s apparently going for the meta-reality thing, as the special “will feature Smith’s new slimmed-down look as well as her thoughts on the first two seasons of her show.” An E! exec tells Variety that ratings were golden, but “[t]he show, creatively, was not where we wanted it to be. Based on the ratings alone, the answer would have been yes (to a third season). We just think a series of specials is a better way to present Anna.”

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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