Montel will host American Candidate.

Montel will host American Candidate.
With Ricky Lake and Sally Jesse Raphael apparently busy with other projects, Showtime has tapped Montel Williams to host American Candidate. The show’s news item about Montel’s appointment says “he has had years of experience interviewing and producing captivating stories about issues facing all types of Americans.” Topics for his “captivating stories” this week include “Allergic to Water: True Medical Phenomena,” “My Life as a Thief,” and “My Sister is a Hyena.” The 10-episode series debuts August 1.

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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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.