nine of top 20 shows were reality; Idol helps FOX come in second for the season.

nine of top 20 shows were reality; Idol helps FOX come in second for the season.
This past TV season, the top shows “among adults 18-49, a stunning nine programs were reality shows,” Variety reports. Even better, reality TV shows were the “top-rated show in the key demo for ABC (The Bachelor), NBC (The Apprentice, tied with “Friends”), Fox (American Idol) and UPN (America’s Next Top Model).” Overall for the season, NBC came in first, but FOX will place a close second among adults 18 to 49, mostly because of the sixteen million hours of American Idol 3 that it ran this year. FOX president Gail Berman says the network is “closer to No. 1 than at any other time in the history of our network.”

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.