The Surreal Life moves to VH1, where it will feature musicians living together.

The Surreal Life moves to VH1, where it will feature musicians living together.
The WB has bailed on The Surreal Life after two seasons, but VH1 has stepped in and picked up the series for a third run. 10 episodes will air in the third quarter of this year–early next fall. VH1’s press release mocks The WB slightly, saying the show “comes to VH1 from the WB where it broke ratings records in its second season.” Variety reports something that VH1 leaves out of their press release: the new season will “revolve around a music-centric house, and feature musicians from genres ranging from rap to heavy metal to country.” Producer Mark Cronin says the show will still retain its format. “The WB has been great to us, but the truth is they were always concerned that the show didn’t have a winner or something that built to a final moment.”

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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