FOX’s Trading Spouses debuts tonight.

FOX’s Trading Spouses debuts tonight.
FOX beats ABC to the wife-as-property punch tonight at 8 p.m. ET as it debuts Trading Spouses, a show that closely resembles ABC fall series (and UK import) Wife Swap. Subtitled “Meet Your New Mommy,” the new series’ crappy Flash web site says tonight’s episode finds “a strong willed Blonde who went from driving a truck in Kentucky to throwing elaborate parties in her mansion in Texas” trading places with “a hardworking Surgical Tech from a low-income section of rural Dallas.” Note the capitalization of both “Blonde” and “Surgical Tech”; apparently being blonde is now a career. Also note that FOX isn’t waiting long to go for the socio-economic or race-baiting. Swaps will span two episodes, and will feature a game element: each family gets $50,000, but only their new family member can spend 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.