viewer votes will eliminate comics.

viewer votes will eliminate comics.
Someone at NBC dropped the ball and, like, forgot to mention that the first episode of Last Comic Standing 3 would be substantial, and not a “preview” as it was sold on promos and elsewhere. The live show included performances and revealed that the viewing public will play an immediate role in keeping comics around. First, each season’s group selected five comics from the other season who had to perform two-minute sets; afterwards, we the viewing public had a chance to vote for their favorites, Idol-style, via phone calls, text messages, or a special web site. The team with the most votes gets $50,000, and those comics with the fewest votes will be eliminated. Season two comics who had to perform were Jessica Kirson (who joined the house after Bonnie elected not to participate), Cory Kahaney, John Heffron, Tess, and Tammy Pescatelli. The season one comics who performed were Ralphie May (who broke down and cried after informing us that his father just died, and told jokes he said were his father’s favorites), Todd Glass, Rich Vos, Alonzo Bodden, and Dave Mordal. Tonight (at 8 p.m. ET, 7 p.m. CT and MT, and 10 p.m. PT, post-convention “coverage”), the other 10 comics perform, and those who will be eliminated as a result of the voting will be revealed.

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.