FOX’s The Casino debuts tonight.

FOX’s The Casino debuts tonight.
Mark Burnett’s FOX series The Casino debuts tonight at 9 p.m. ET. It follows dot-com millionaires Timothy Poster and Thomas Breitling as they buy and begin to operate the Golden Nugget casino in downtown Las Vegas. The Hollywood Reporter calls it “perfectly agreeable summertime fluff that moves at a clip of roughly 245 mph” that “[counts] on an abundance of flash to mask the fact that there isn’t really a whole lot going on here.” However, it “is really more about dishing dirt, mining titillation and crafting soapy scenarios than it is truly pulling back the curtain on this world.” The New York Times says that although “Mr. Burnett has admitted his dismay at how determined the network was to edit out the sex,” the suits at FOX “were doing him a story-tightening favor, as the show’s rump-shaking story lines don’t have much to do with the owners’ saga.”

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.