Next Great Champ wins in court, will air.

Next Great Champ wins in court, will air.
FOX’s The Next Great Champ will debut on Sept. 7 after a judge ruled that preventing the show from airing would be “prior restraint. And this is not a situation where I feel there is a significant government interest in protecting that.” That allows FOX to air the show as planned, although the judge “said it was her impression that there were other legal remedies for DreamWorks and Burnett to pursue their grievances.” DreamWorks said they will “discuss the range of options” to see if they’ll pursue further action. As it said in a statement, FOX is now “seeking to have the entire action dismissed, and will ask the court to order the ‘Contender’ partners to pay all of Fox’s legal costs in connection with this meritless lawsuit.” The Next Great Champ debuts Sept. 7.

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.