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.”

Frankie leads Big Brother's parade of delusion

Frankie on Big Brother

Heading into the finale, the delusion continues, with a re-appearance by evicted Frankie.

Related: The unwatchable cast of Fox's Utopia keeps yelling and screaming.


Shark Tank is getting a spin-off

Shark Tank

Companies that get deals on the show will be followed for this new spin-off.

Also: Before the show began, Shark Barbara Corcoran was cast and then replaced--but then she sent this amazing e-mail and won the job.

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.