Swan concludes tonight with pageant.

Swan concludes tonight with pageant.
The extreme makeover show The Swan concludes tonight with a two-hour pageant. Nine of the 16 women who were reconstructed USA TODAY looks at reaction to the show, which has been mostly negative with everyone except the 9.2 million people who watch every week. Merline Norman, who’s competing tonight, tells The Press-Enterprise says the show and transformation “has given me a new perspective on life. It has brought me closer to my loved ones and more importantly to myself.”
+ also: show therapist Lynn Ianni’s Ph.D. is from an unaccredited diploma mill.

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.