PBS’ Colonial House debuts tonight.

PBS’ Colonial House debuts tonight.
The producers of Manor House and Frontier House take 24 people back to colonial America, circa 1628, for five months when Colonial House debuts tonight. The series airs over four nights–May 17 and 18, and 24 and 25–in pairs of back-to-back hour-long episodes. (Since this is PBS, check your local listings for exact times and dates.) Oprah visits the Machias, Maine, location for her show today, but did not participate in the series. Producer Beth Hoppe tells the New York Daily News that they “were more ambitious this time. We had more people [26]. We had them take on some of the laws of the time.”

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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