sponsorships for The Contender costs around $8 to 10 million per episode.

sponsorships for The Contender costs around $8 to 10 million per episode.
It may be the most expensive reality series ever produced at $2 million an episode, but The Contender will easily recoup its costs. Television Week reports that “Toyota Motor Corp. and Nike are close to major deals” for sponsorships that are “priced at $8 million to $10 million per episode.” Overall, the show “is aiming to pull in three or four major advertisers who will buy two to three spots in each show of its 16-episode run.”

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.