“hoax” Superstar USA debuts tonight.

“hoax” Superstar USA debuts tonight.
The WB’s self-described “elaborate hoax” Superstar USA debuts tonight. Over seven episodes, singers will perform in front of judges Vitamin C, Tone Loc, and Chris Briggs; those who suck the most will be advanced in the competition after being told that they’re great. The 12 finalists will “receive superstar treatment – complete with makeovers, dance sessions with a top choreographer, and singing lessons with a respected voice coach.” The worst singer will ultimately win $100,000–after being told that they really suck. The show airs Mondays and Tuesdays at 9 p.m. ET.

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.

about the writer

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.