The Simple Life 2 concludes tonight.

The Simple Life 2 concludes tonight.
Paris and Nicole complete their cross-country road trip tonight as FOX’s top-rated summer series, The Simple Life 2, concludes with an hour-long episode at 9 p.m. ET. The series “has averaged over 9 million viewers a week–Fox’s top-rated show, both in total viewers and key demos,” the New York Post says. Still, last week’s episode was watched by 7.6 million viewers, its “lousiest showing ever,” according to The Washington Post. And the Globe and Mail argues, “The buzz has bottomed out for The Simple Life 2 in this diminished second version, though certainly through no fault of the adorable heroines.”

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.