FOX moves Next Great Champ premiere to Sept. 7; judge reschedules hearing.

FOX moves Next Great Champ premiere to Sept. 7; judge reschedules hearing.
The debut of FOX’s The Next Great Champ has been moved from Sept. 10 to Sept. 7. Oddly enough, that’s one day before a judge scheduled a hearing to consider Contender producers’ arguments about whether or not the show should be allowed to air. A FOX spokesperson told The New York Times that “the change was being done ‘strictly for competitive purposes.'” Right. After the schedule change, “the judge listening to arguments in the dispute, Lisa Hart of California Superior Court in Beverly Hills, moved the date of the hearing ahead to the day the show will be broadcast.” The Hollywood Reporter says that the hearing has actually been moved to this week, Friday, Aug. 27.

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.