season two of Airline starts tonight.

season two of Airline starts tonight.
The second season of A&E’s Airline debuts tonight, with new episodes airing at 10 and 10:30 p.m. ET. So just how do camera crews find subjects, and how do those subjects react? The Washington Post reports that there are “tricks for engaging the passenger in the filming process.” The network has to get waivers from each subject, never mind getting them to talk on camera. At Baltimore’s BWI airport, there’s a five-member crew, including producer Scott Mislan. He says there are passengers “who definitely want their 15 minutes, and others who want nothing to do with you.” Further complicating production, Southwest “has to provide liaisons to get the crew through security at each airport location and has to monitor which employees have agreed or not agreed to participate.” That might explain why a Southwest PR person first “dumped A&E’s proposal in the trash as soon as she looked at it.”

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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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.