judge denies Contender a temporary restraining order against Next Great Champ.

judge denies Contender a temporary restraining order against Next Great Champ.
A judge refused Contender producers’ request to stop FOX’s The Next Great Champ, but will hear arguments from both sides on Sept. 8. According to the AP, a superior court “judge ruled that preventing Endemol from delivering filmed material to Fox would be ‘tantamount to a direct prior restraint.’ She agreed, however, to set a Sept. 8 hearing on a preliminary injunction.” FOX was thrilled, saying in a statement, “As the producers of `The Contender’ well know, the California Athletic Commission has not made any findings or rulings. This is yet another in a series of never-ending attempts by ‘The Contender’s’ producers to stifle competition.” DreamWorks put on a brave face and said that the ruling is “a strong statement by the court that they understand the gravity and legitimacy of the concerns raised by the state Athletic Commission, and both parties now will have the opportunity” in court to prove their cases.

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.