E! and Style plan many reality series, including dating shows, shows set in LA.

E! and Style plan many reality series, including dating shows, shows set in LA.
E! is about to overdose on reality TV. Among the new shows that will air on both E! and Style network are, Television Week reports, Trophy Wife, “a competitive reality show in which 16 young women compete for the affection of an older Hollywood entertainment mogul,” and The Actress, a dating series in which the “women are actresses playing roles (cheerleader, cowgirl, etc.) while the man believes he is on a real dating show. The woman he chooses as the winner will receive a role in a major motion picture.” E! will also air a meta reality series, Challenge Reality, during which contestants pitch reality show ideas and the winner gets his or her show made. Style is taking a different route, focusing on non-competitive dramatic reality series. They include Work It Out!, set in an LA gym; The Hotspot, set at the Roosevelt Hotel; and Uptown Salon, set in NYC salons.

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.