network plans Christian version of Idol.

network plans Christian version of Idol.
The people who brought you ‘NSync and Britney Spears are now producing a Christian version of American Idol. Gifted will air on Trinity Broadcasting Network and be produced by Wright Entertainment Group, who managed ‘NSync and others. The Orlando Sentinel’s Christopher Sherman outlines the new show, which starts with “a cross-country, summer bus tour to 11 Trinity stations where auditions will take place” with contestants “perform[ing] gospel or contemporary spiritual songs”; two finalists from each audition will go to Hollywood and “perform before a live studio audience and be critiqued by celebrity judges. Eight winners will go on to the finals, where the television audience will choose the ultimate winner, whose career will then be managed by Johnny Wright and Matt Crouch.”

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.