Adam selects Samantha.

Adam selects Samantha.
Adam broke a heart of his own last night as he ditched Rachel Goetz–who wrote bad poetry for bad poet Adam–in favor of Samantha Trenk–the girl with a tattoo of another man’s initials–on the final episode of Average Joe 3: Adam Returns. The show was apparently so uneventful that not even NBC’s web site has been updated with the results. (The Trades has a good run-down of the final ep.) Still, the finale of the four-week series actually helped NBC beat CBS among viewers 18 to 49, but just barely.

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.