Richard Branson will star in FOX series.

Richard Branson will star in FOX series.
Billionaire reality TV series are clearly the next big thing as networks race to copy The Apprentice. Following ABC’s plans to produce a show with Mark Cuban, FOX is creating a series with Virgin’s Richard Branson. Richard’s Big Adventure “will follow Branson and the contestants on a six-week global tour.” Reuters reports that Branson “will impart his wisdom and test the youngsters with various dilemmas. He will eliminate one of the contestants each week, leaving them on an airport tarmac as the remaining players set off on their next mission.” No word about what the winner will receive.

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.