Amish in the City gives UPN its best Wed. ratings (5.4 million) since 2001.

Amish in the City gives UPN its best Wed. ratings (5.4 million) since 2001.
On Wednesday, 5.4 million people tuned in to watch two hours of Amish in the City on UPN. That’s “the network’s best Wednesday performance since November 2001,” reports, and “more than double what UPN has averaged on Wednesday nights this summer.” Among adults 18 to 49, and among adults 18 to 31, UPN was ahead of all three major networks and The WB, coming in second behind FOX. That network has Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie to thank; The Simple Life 2 was number one in all major demographics. Over on NBC, the finale of Next Action Star came in fifth place, according to Broadcasting and Cable. UPN is repeating Amish in the City tonight at 8 p.m. ET.

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.