WB will air Idol spoof Superstar USA, which will advance awful singers.

WB will air Idol spoof Superstar USA, which will advance awful singers.
The WB will reverse the Idol formula with its upcoming Superstar USA, letting awful singers advance while ridiculing and booting those with talent. The show is produced by reality TV svengali Mike Fleiss, who tells Variety, “These people believe they’re the next pop superstar, even though they’re horrible singers. It’s not funny seeing bad singers doing karaoke. This is about people who are clearly delusional and watching them butcher song after song.” Judged by Tone-Loc, Vitamin C, and Chris Briggs, the show debuts May 17 at 9 p.m., airing on Mondays and Tuesdays. Brian McFayden will host.

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.