show seeks “next domestic icon”; Mark Burnett producing missing children show.

show seeks “next domestic icon”; Mark Burnett producing missing children show.
A competition to find the next Martha Stewart is being produced by LMNO Productions for CBS. The Apprentice- or Top Model-like show that will feature competitions between “12 people who have ability in the lifestyle arena and … who can become this country’s next domestic icon,” its producer says. (CBS is currently accepting applications.) Eric Schotz says the competition “will most likely take place in the Northeast, in a Connecticut-style farmhouse that’s our version of the reality mansion.” Hey, maybe Martha will rent her house to them, since she won’t be needing it pretty soon. Elsewhere, Mark Burnett is producing a “reality show that will chronicle the heart-wrenching searches for kidnapped children.” According to TV Week, Recovery “will follow a case from after a child’s abduction through the search to the reunion of the child with his or her parents.” CBS ordered a pilot but has not yet picked up the series.

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.