third Making the Band 2 season debuts tonight; Da Band moves in with P. Diddy.

third Making the Band 2 season debuts tonight; Da Band moves in with P. Diddy.
The third season of Making the Band 2, which follows P. Diddy’s creation of the hip-hop group Da Band, debuts tonight on MTV at 10 p.m. ET. As MTV says, this season, “Diddy moves all six group members into his house.” The group has sold more than half a million copies of its album, Too Hot for TV, and last season the show had “an average of 2.3 million viewers tuning into each episode,” USA TODAY reports. The paper promises that “The hissy fits, fistfights, spectacular tantrums and shopping sprees of the six kids from various backgrounds, trying to make it as a band under P. Diddy’s supervision, continue tonight.”

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.