After the Final Rose marketed with hype; alien baby remarks edited out.

After the Final Rose marketed with hype; alien baby remarks edited out.
We don’t give ABC credit for much, since the network is generally incompetent, but we have to give mad props to their promotion of The Bachelor 5 After the Final Rose special. Defamer guessed that the camera phone pictures sent to reality blurred were the work of a “crafty publicist,” and that’s a good guess considering the show last night featured no live studio audience (just some clapping production people during the credits). Plus, the link showed up on message boards and elsewhere. Additionally, ABC’s press releases about the show’s confrontational moments were picked up as scoops by the media (including us). Naturally, though, they hype wasn’t as good as the reality: Tara walked off the set and then came right back, and the exchange about Jessica and Tara’s alien babies was completely edited out of the broadcast. ABC, you tease.

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.