Sir Alan will do UK Apprentice for free.

Sir Alan will do UK Apprentice for free.
Sir Alan M. Sugar, Donald Trump’s doppelganger on the UK’s version of The Apprentice, will do the show for free. Demonstrating an ego approaching Trump’s, he explains this to the New York Times by saying, “Personally, I have made more money than I will spend in my lifetime.” Speaking of ego, Trump has an easy way to, as he says, “solve my ego problems” that might arise from possible changes to the show’s format or details. Trump’s solutions: “No. 1, it is another country. No. 2, Mark Burnett and I are 50-50 partners in the franchise so we want it to do well.” The show tapes this summer and airs next January on BBC2.

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.