another producer sues Next Great Champ just as Burnett says he regrets filing suit.

another producer sues Next Great Champ just as Burnett says he regrets filing suit.
“Knowing what I know now, I wouldn’t have bothered [with the suit], I guess. But at the time, you feel like you’ve got to assert your rights,” Mark Burnett told reporters on Tuesday. He’s talking about his and DreamWorks’ legal action against FOX’s The Next Great Champ; they lost an initial court battle to try to keep FOX’s show from airing. But now, Oscar De La Hoya’s show has a new contender: “an independent film and television producer who’s suing him for allegedly ripping off her idea for his new pugilistic reality series on Fox.” E! Online reports that “Leigh Ann Burton alleges she came up with the idea for a reality show chronicling a group of unknown boxers and their significant others as they undergo rigorous training and compete in a series of elimination-style challenges, with the ultimate victor winning a shot at a Las Vegas prize fight.” She says she approached and met with Golden Boy Productions last fall about a boxing show, but talks between the two parties eventually fell through.

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.