reality TV show debuts this week.

reality TV show debuts this week.
We’re in the middle of an influx of new shows, with five major series kicking off this week and next. Those of you with electricity can enjoy these new shows:

  • The Next Great Champ kicked off its well-known but barely advertised run Tuesday on FOX, and reairs Friday at 9 p.m. ET.
  • The Real World Philadelphia also began yesterday, but since this latest season of reality TV’s grandparent airs on MTV, it will of course be repeated 1,252 times before next week.
  • The Apprentice 2 takes over Thursday nights on NBC starting with a 90-minute debut Thursday at 8:30 p.m. ET. The debut also repeats Saturday at 8 p.m. ET.
  • On Monday, ABC’s new series The Benefactor debuts at 8 p.m. ET, as Mark Cuban meets the 16 people who will vie for $1 million of his fortune.
  • Survivor Vanuatu launches a week from tomorrow at 8 p.m. ET, sharing Thursday evenings with The Apprentice 2.

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.