Burnett says The Casino may last nine seasons; Discovery airing a casino series.

Burnett says The Casino may last nine seasons; Discovery airing a casino series.
Mark Burnett says The Casino, which debuts June 14 on FOX, is “a nine-season, ongoing soap opera.” Why won’t it be similar to his The Restaurant? He tells USA TODAY that the show is “edgier. Fox is an edgier network. Las Vegas is an edgier place. It’s people letting their hair down and going crazy.” Meanwhile, The Discovery Channel will beat FOX and Burnett to the punch with American Casino, which debuts this Friday at 8 p.m. ET. It follows the staff of Green Valley Ranch, in addition to brothers Frank Fertitta III and Lorenzo Fertitta who own the Station Casinos. Lorenzo tells USA TODAY that they agreed to do the show because “we wanted to show how complex an operation it is and the trials and tribulations that go into making an experience great.” It’s produced by Craig Piligian, the man behind American Chopper.

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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